Are your temperature measurements as accurate as they can be? Tympanic temperature measurement uses a noncontact infrared measurement to detect the energy emitted from the ear and should be obtained after inspecting the lens and using a proper seal. Lawson and colleagues compare a variety of noninva-sive temperature measurements.
See Article, pp 485–496
Disease management programs (DMPs) have long been promoted as a major medical cost-saving mechanism, although research on the topic shows conflicting results. A successful example of a DMP for the chronically critically ill is described in the article by Douglas and colleagues. Their DMP had a positive effect on hospital readmission and potential economic advantages.
See Article, pp 447–457
A solid evidence base should be the foundation for all aspects of patient care. However, there are many levels of evidence, ranging from large randomized clinical trials...