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BACKGROUND We did a randomised, double-blind, controlled clinical trial to prospectively assess whether use of combination antibiotic susceptibility testing improved clinical outcomes in patients with acute pulmonary exacerbations of cystic fibrosis who were infected with multiresistant bacteria. METHODS 251 patients with cystic fibrosis who were(More)
BACKGROUND Critically ill patients with renal insufficiency are predisposed to both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and bleeding. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence, incidence and predictors of DVT and the incidence of bleeding in intensive care unit (ICU) patients with estimated creatinine clearance <30 ml/min. METHODS In a(More)
As today's information technology (IT) penetrates the business of almost any company, IT transformation of two enterprises during mergers and acquisitions (M&A) represents a challenging task. In particular, the financial service industry inherently relies on IT, supporting their virtual and typically standardized products. The formerly highly fragmented(More)
Business capabilities are a key element of a modern Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) approach. They are the core component of a business architecture and essential for communication between business and IT. There is an enormous interest among academics and practitioners reflected in a growing number of publications on definition, use cases, and(More)
BACKGROUND The decision to have lung transplantation as treatment for end-stage lung disease from cystic fibrosis (CF) has benefits and serious risks. Although patient decision aids are effective interventions for helping patients reach a quality decision, little is known about implementing them in clinical practice. Our study evaluated a sustainable(More)
BACKGROUND Many patients with cystic fibrosis develop persistent airway infection/colonization with Aspergillus fumigatus, however the impact of A. fumigatus on clinical outcomes remains unclear. The objective of this study was to determine whether treatment directed against Aspergillus fumigatus improves pulmonary function and clinical outcomes in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Vertebral fractures in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) may contribute to an accelerated decline in lung function and can be a contraindication to lung transplantation. In this study, we examined longitudinal change in bone mineral density (BMD) and the prevalence of vertebral fractures in adult CF patients, without lung-transplant, attending a(More)
BACKGROUND Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal autosomal recessive genetic disease in the Caucasian population. Osteoporosis is increasingly being recognised as an important complication in people with cystic fibrosis. METHODS A descriptive study of adult cystic fibrosis patients receiving care at a Canadian tertiary care hospital was conducted to(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have suggested that prediction models for mortality should be adjusted for additional risk factors beyond the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) score. Our objective was to identify risk factors independent of APACHE II score and construct a prediction model to improve the predictive accuracy for hospital and(More)