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BACKGROUND Although home parenteral nutrition (HPN) is often indicated in cancer patients, many physicians are concerned about the risks potentially associated with the use of central venous access devices (VADs) in these patients. The aim of this prospective study was to investigate the actual incidence of VAD-related complications in cancer patients on(More)
Few prospective follow-up studies evaluating the use of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) to deliver chemotherapy and/or home parenteral nutrition (HPN) have focused exclusively on oncology outpatients. The aim of this prospective study was to assess the reliability and the safety of PICCs over a 5-year use in non-hospitalized cancer patients(More)
An 84-year-old male with degeneration of a radiolucent mitral bioprosthesis was successfully treated with transapical valve-in-valve implantation exclusively guided by transesophageal echocardiography. The techniques involved in performing this procedure are reviewed.
Despite many advances in prevention and perioperative care, deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) remains a pressing concern in cardiac surgery, with a still relevant incidence and with a considerable impact on in-hospital mortality and also on mid- and long-term survival. The permanent high impact of this complication is partially related to the increasing(More)
BACKGROUND Among the strategies to increase the number of lung transplants, ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) represents a novel technique to expand the donor pool. METHODS Data from donors referred to our center were retrospectively analyzed to identify grafts that could potentially be potentially reconditioned by EVLP and for comparison with those obtained(More)
The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm, extending the computing and communicating capabilities to virtually every object, raises many new challenges to IoT-enabling systems. At the middleware layer, a context aware adaptive component has to fit the requirements and constraints for different applications, deal with heterogeneous data, be scalable to large(More)
In this paper, we propose to introduce syntactic classes in a lexicalized formalism like dependency. Subcategories of words are organized hierarchically from a general, abstract level (syntactic categories) to a word-speciic level (single lexical items). The formalism is linguistically perspicuous, and useful for processing. A parsing model is deened, that(More)
A 60 year-old female underwent tricuspid valve replacement in 2002. Post-operative recovery was complicated by severe post-pericardiotomy-syndrome. Seven years later she underwent transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation through the right jugular vein because of early prosthesis deterioration. Moreover intra-operative transoesophageal echocardiography(More)
BACKGROUND Vancomycin is administered as antimicrobial prophylaxis to patients undergoing cardiac surgery, an intervention that usually requires cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Previous studies reported that CPB modifies vancomycin pharmacokinetic parameters. OBJECTIVE To investigate intraoperative vancomycin pharmacokinetic changes in a large population of(More)