Berta Ortiga

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INTRODUCTION We investigated the potential benefits of early tracheotomy performed before day eight of mechanical ventilation (MV) compared with late tracheotomy (from day 14 if it still indicated) in reducing mortality, days of MV, days of sedation and ICU length of stay (LOS). METHODS Randomized controlled trial (RCT) including all-consecutive ICU(More)
The Spanish health system has undergone spectacular development in recent decades. It now provides universal access, almost without direct costs for patients, and achieves high levels of quality and excellence. However, in parallel with other Western countries’ health systems, the Spanish system is showing signs of strain as it faces ever-greater costs as a(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate how hospital capacity was managed focusing on standardizing the admission and discharge processes. METHODS This study was set in a 900-bed university affiliated hospital of the National Health Service, near Barcelona (Spain). This is a cross-sectional study of a set of interventions which were gradually(More)
The aims of this study were to describe the level of adoption of electronic health records in Spanish hospitals and to identify potential barriers and facilitators to this process. We used an observational cross-sectional design. The survey was conducted between September and December 2011, using an electronic questionnaire distributed through email. We(More)
BACKGROUND The increasing demand on hospitalisation, either due to elective activity from the waiting lists or due to emergency admissions coming from the Emergency Department (ED), requires looking for strategies that lead to effective bed management. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a surgery admission unit for major elective(More)
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