Learn More
STUDY OBJECTIVES To assess the incidence and risk factors for nosocomial infection after lung surgery. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Service of thoracic surgery of an acute-care teaching hospital in Santander, Spain. PATIENTS Between June 1, 1999, and January 31, 2001, all consecutive patients undergoing lung surgery were prospectively(More)
OBJECTIVE: The caloric test and the video head-impulse test are diagnostic tools that examine the function of the horizontal semicircular canal. There are major differences between the two tests. These are stimulus characteristics, methodology, and function examined. MATERIALS and METHODS: This is a prospective work in 123 patients with different types of(More)
In order to know the prevalence and risk factors for coinfections by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) among injecting drug users (IDUs), a cross-sectional study was carried out in two prisons of the province of Cantabria, northern Spain. Three hundred and sixty-two IDU inmates were recruited. All(More)
The main objective of this study was to assess whether cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) shows a stronger relation with the melanocytic nevi count at the site where CMM was diagnosed than with the melanocytic nevi count at other sites, stratifying by histologic CMM type, in a southern Mediterranean population. Cases and controls were selected from a(More)
The present study was conducted in order to assess the epidemiology and clinical course of candidemia and to identify the risk factors associated with mortality. A total of 143 episodes of nosocomial candidemia were identified during a 5-year period, and these were included in the study. The majority of candidemic episodes were due to Candida albicans (63,(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare early and late outcome of patients with prosthetic valve endocarditis treated medically versus surgically and to determine predictors of in-hospital death. We retrospectively reviewed patient's clinical records, including laboratory findings, surgery, and pathologic files, in an acute-care, 1200-bed teaching hospital. METHODS One(More)
BACKGROUND Prosthetic valve endocarditis is an important cause of the morbidity and mortality associated with heart valve replacement surgery. The objective of this study was to assess risk factors of prosthetic valve endocarditis related to patients, perioperative events, and postoperative complications. METHODS This was a retrospective case-control(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to identify patients at high risk for developing sepsis following surgery according to criteria determined by the American College of Chest Physicians and the Society of Critical Care Medicine Consensus Conference on sepsis. METHODS A prospective case-control study was performed in surgical patients in a tertiary care centre(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES To investigate changes in the clinical characteristics, etiology and prognosis of prosthetic valve endocarditis at a tertiary-care hospital. METHODS Retrospective cohort study of all patients diagnosed with prosthetic valve endocarditis using modified Duke criteria between 1986 and 2005. The analysis covered two time periods:(More)
We monitored compliance with hand hygiene (HH) by direct observation in 3 hospitals in Cantabria, Spain before and after implementation of an HH informational campaign, separately analyzing the effect of a training program. We report that training plus an informational campaign doubled the probability of HH, whereas the informational campaign without(More)