Amala Rajan

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AIM This descriptive study set out to explore the end-of-life care perspectives both of patients with advanced carcinoma and of health-care professionals in a tertiary health-care setting in India. METHOD A descriptive approach was undertaken to assess the end-of-life care perspectives from a sample of 140 patients and 40 health-care professionals. Data(More)
RATIONALE Intensive care unit (ICU) treatment costs pose special challenges in developing countries. OBJECTIVES To determine the prognostic value of the "utility" score and evaluate the relationship of willingness to pay assessment to utility score during ICU admission. METHODS We performed a prospective study spanning 12 months in a 24-bed medical ICU(More)
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the major nosocomial infections in the intensive care unit (ICU), contributing to increased mortality and morbidity. Studies have shown that oral decontamination through the use of mechanical and pharmacological agents significantly reduces the incidence of VAP, but oral care practices in ICUs are not(More)
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