Some viruses that cause gastroenteritis are more common in certain seasons, while others can strike year-round. Rotavirus, for example, moves across the United States in a wave that starts in the Southwest in autumn and wraps up in the Northeast in spring. Astrovirus, too, is most common during the winter months. Norovirus and adenovirus, on the other hand, are active every month of the year, although adenovirus experiences slightly higher rates of infection in the summer months.
Cari Jean. Queen, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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Are gastrointestinal viruses more common during certain parts of the year?
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Why should I worry about heart disease in my children?
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What are the advantages of being treated by a hospitalist?
UCLA Health answered“As a general internist, 20 years ago you would have at least one patient to visit in the hospital every week, and sometimes several at a time,” says Jan Tillisch, M.D., executive vice chair of the UCLA Department of Medicine. “Today, an office-based physician may go several weeks without having a patient in the hospital. As they were spending more of their time with patients in their office, the hospitalist concept began to evolve. And it has turned out to be an excellent idea from the standpoint of both efficiency and patient care.”
In addition to hospitalists being more practiced at treating acutely ill patients and closer to the latest developments in inpatient technology and services, their constant presence in the facility makes them much more accessible than the patient’s primary-care physician. This is more important than ever given that the emphasis on outpatient care and shorter hospital stays means that today’s hospitalized patients tend to be much sicker than in the past.
Hospitalists "provide a continuous presence in the hospital,” says Michael Lazarus, M.D., medical director of the hospitalist service for UCLA Health. “It makes the care more seamless when you have someone who understands the intricacies of care in that part of the hospital and is always there.”
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