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February 19th, 2018

Can We Solve the Morass of Outpatient Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy?

If you want to get an ID doctor riled up, here are a few reliable strategies: Get an ID consult on a complex patient just to summarize the chart for your discharge summary. Endorse the view that procedural doctors deserve their vastly higher salaries than MDs in cognitive specialties. Prescribe azithromycin for patients with bad colds. […]


August 20th, 2017

Two Quick Thoughts Inspired by Inpatient ID Consults, and An Inspirational Baseball Poster

A couple of quick thoughts for those of us doing inpatient care these days: Thought One:  Is daptomycin now preferred over vancomycin in most clinical settings?  It’s taken a while, but we’re getting there — close to that Gladwelllian “tipping point”.  Allow this recap of vancomycin’s problems: The growing recognition that higher drug levels — the levels we […]


September 7th, 2013

A Detailed Analysis of Paperwork, and the Special Power of the MD Degree

Everyone hates mindless paperwork. But certain types are particularly annoying, seemingly designed to send you screaming into the night, dragging a broken fax machine behind you as your brain explodes. Too strong? Take a look at this fax cover sheet I recently received about a patient who had been receiving IV antibiotics at home: To get at the […]


HIV Information: Author Paul Sax, M.D.

Paul E. Sax, MD

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