Colin J. Theaker

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Pressure sore development in the critically ill is a well-recognised problem and several risk factors have been put forward as being relevant; however, none has been proved valid in this population. This study examines the effects of specific risk factors for the development of pressure sores in the critically ill. Data on 22 specific risk factors were(More)
Pressure sores are a potential complication of intensive care. Modern methods of pressure sore prevention centre around the use of pressure-relieving devices. Few studies exist that confirm the effectiveness of these devices. This study evaluates the effectiveness of two devices, the Hill-Rom Duo mattress and the KCI TheraPulse. High-risk patients were(More)
MRSA colonization and infection rates were prospectively examined over an 18 month period in a general Intensive Care Unit. Of 642 admissions, 305 were in ICU for longer than 48 h and were hence included and a further three patients were already colonized at admission but stayed less than 48 h. Ninety-seven patients were colonized with MRSA including 19 who(More)
A study was performed on critically ill patients to evaluate the rate of colonization and catheter-related sepsis using antiseptic bonded (Arrowguard Arrow International) versus smooth pure polymer (Infectguard MedexMedical Ltd) central venous catheters. Two hundred and thirty-two catheters were inserted into 181 patients. Indications for removal included(More)
The critically ill are particularly vulnerable to pressure sore development. These expensive and often painful complications have been largely ignored for many years and the entire problem has been managed by nursing staff. Current methods for identifying patients at risk are inadequate and subjective. Scoring systems have been known to over-predict those(More)
Acinetobacter baumannii is a significant problem in critically ill patients. It is widespread, can colonise patients quickly and causes virulent infections. However, its overall impact on morbidity and mortality in the critically ill remains unmeasured. This study was designed to investigate A. baumannii colonisation and infection rates in a critically ill(More)