The CIAO Study ("Complicated Intra-Abdominal infection Observational" Study) is a multicenter investigation performed in 68 medical institutions throughout Europe over the course of a 6-month observational period (January-June 2012).Patients with either community-acquired or healthcare-associated complicated intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) were included… (More)
The CIAO Study is a multicenter observational study currently underway in 66 European medical institutions over the course of a six-month study period (January-June 2012).This preliminary report overviews the findings of the first half of the study, which includes all data from the first three months of the six-month study period.Patients with either… (More)
BACKGROUND To validate a new practical Sepsis Severity Score for patients with complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAIs) including the clinical conditions at the admission (severe sepsis/septic shock), the origin of the cIAIs, the delay in source control, the setting of acquisition and any risk factors such as age and immunosuppression. METHODS The… (More)
A precise estimation of patient length of stay is important for systematically managing both hospital unit resources (medication, equipment, beds) and the distribution of personnel. This is true for hospitalization following any disease, however the particularities of each trigger a different observation/recovery period. The current study investigates this… (More)
A genetic algorithm adjusts parameters of image segmentation techniques to be transposed from manually annotated cropped images to perform on the complete contour-blank histopathological pictures.