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BACKGROUND Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for unstable coronary syndromes have substantial emotional and spiritual distress that may promote procedural complications. Noetic (nonpharmacologic) therapies may reduce anxiety, pain and distress, enhance the efficacy of pharmacologic agents, or affect short- and long-term procedural(More)
BACKGROUND Patients undergoing total hip or knee arthroplasty frequently receive blood transfusions. The relationship between transfusion and the risk of infection following total joint arthroplasty is unclear. In this study, we sought to examine the impact of allogeneic and autologous transfusion on the risk of acute infection following total hip and total(More)
BACKGROUND Inhibition of the P2Y12 ADP-receptor with oral antiplatelet agents given to patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is associated with improved outcomes, but this strategy is limited by the time required for maximal antiplatelet effect after administration. We examined(More)
BACKGROUND Propionibacterium acnes has arisen as the most common microorganism identified at the time of revision shoulder arthroplasty. There is limited evidence to suggest how frequently false-positive cultures occur. The purpose of this prospective controlled study was to evaluate culture growth from specimens obtained during open shoulder surgery. (More)
This article reviews the imaging modalities used to evaluate head trauma received as a consequence of child abuse, signs most indicative of intentional injury, and methods use to data injury. Knowledge of neuroimaging features of child abuse is useful to radiologists who may encounter these children and may be in a position to raise the question of(More)
BACKGROUND Despite ultrasound guidance for central line placement, complications persist, as exact needle location is often difficult to confirm with standard two-dimension ultrasound. A novel real-time needle guidance technology has recently become available (eZono, Germany) that tracks the needle during insertion. This randomized, blinded, crossover study(More)
Continuous ST-segment recovery analysis and 5 static methods using ST-segment comparison between a pre- and post-treatment electrocardiogram were compared for their ability to predict infarct-related artery patency in 82 patients with acute myocardial infarction who underwent angiography a median of 124 minutes after onset of thrombolytic treatment.(More)
The QT effects of five "QT-positive" and one negative drug were tested to evaluate whether exposure-response analysis can detect QT effects in a small study with healthy subjects. Each drug was given to nine subjects (six for placebo) in two dose levels; positive drugs were chosen to cause 10 to 12 ms and 15 to 20 ms QTcF prolongation. The slope of the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The volume of an intracerebral hemorrhage has been shown to be an important independent predictor of mortality in several reports. A technique for estimating hematoma volume, known as the ABC/2 method, has been proven a reliable, simple bedside technique for the volume measurement of intraparenchymal intracerebral hemorrhage. Subdural(More)
In the GUSTO-I ECG ischaemia monitoring substudy, 1067 patients underwent continuous ST segment monitoring, using vector-derived 12-lead (406 patients), 12-lead (373 patients) and 3-lead Holter (288 patients) ECG recording systems. Simultaneous angiograms at 90 or 180 min following thrombolytic therapy were performed as a part of the prospective study in(More)