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BACKGROUND Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) often acquire infections, which impose a heavy human and financial burden. The use of private rooms may reduce the acquisition of certain pathogens, but the limited evidence on this topic is inconsistent. METHODS We compared the rates of acquisition of infectious organisms in an ICU before and after a(More)
Multicentric Castleman disease (MCD) is a rare lymphoproliferative disease with little known about its epidemiology or treatment modalities. Clinical and demographic data of MCD patients identified between 2000 and 2009 were collected from medical records at two United States (US) MCD referral centres. ZIP codes identified patient residences; prevalence and(More)
Multicentric Castleman disease (MCD) is a rare lymphoproliferative disease. Little is known about how patient clinical features and healthcare utilization varies by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status and disease subtype. Data of MCD patients identified between 2000 and 2009 were collected from medical records at two United States treatment centres.(More)
Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing is common, and the consequences are severe. Prescribing guidelines are intended to reduce inappropriate prescribing. Guidelines, though, give empirical antibiotic treatment recommendations that are general and not tailored to local prevalence patterns. A computerized decision support system for empirical antibiotic(More)
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