Edward J. Nelson

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The COOP Project, a primary care research network, has begun development of a Chart method to screen function quickly. The COOP Charts, analogous to Snellen Charts, were pretested in two practices on adult patients (N = 117) to test feasibility, clinical utility, and validity. Patients completed questionnaires containing validated health status scales and(More)
In the past decade physicians have identified the need to expand patient assessment to include global function and quality of life. During the same period, the busy clinic has evolved into the location where this assessment seems most appropriate. Integrating functional health assessment into a busy clinical practice is difficult because the necessary steps(More)
Storage of red blood cells in a nutrient-additive solution, AS-3 (Nutricel, Cutter Biological, Berkeley, CA), was evaluated after 42 and 49 days of storage by in vitro measurements of hemolysis, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels, glucose levels and other constituents, and in vivo study of 24-hour survival of autologous, reinfused red cells labeled with(More)
A new, in-line high-efficiency 3-5 log10 leucodepletion filter system (Leukotrap RC system) was used to investigate the effect of pre-storage white cell removal on the quality of AS-3 red cell concentrates stored for 42 d at 4 degrees C. Median residual white cell content was 4 x 10(5) when filtration was performed at 22 degrees C within 8 h of phlebotomy(More)
Two techniques for the preparation of platelet concentrate (PC), the standard platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and buffy coat (BC) methods, were compared in nine paired studies with regard to platelet harvest, white cell (WBC) contamination, and PC quality after 5 days of 22 degrees C storage. Platelet harvest using the BC method averaged approximately 56 percent(More)
The Dartmouth COOP Project, a primary care research network, conducted a prospective study of patients presenting to 28 primary care practices with a chief complaint of fatigue. Data were gathered on fatigue status, associated systems, health status, and origin of fatigue. Fatigue patients were demographically similar to nonfatigue patients but had(More)
BACKGROUND Prestorage pooling of whole-blood-derived PCs (WBD-PCs) would be advantageous to transfusion services in that it would make the product available in a more timely manner, reduce wastage of untransfused pools, and simplify bacterial screening by allowing testing of the pool rather than each single PLT concentrate (PC). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS(More)
Both in vitro and in vivo methods are used to test the validity of techniques for storing platelet concentrates for transfusion. In this study, the characteristics of platelet concentrates stored for 5 days at 22 degrees C in two different containers were evaluated by paired comparison using two in vitro measurements and two in vivo measurements. On two(More)
A major concern when storing blood is that the antigens of the red cells will lose some of their reactivity in vitro. As part of a study of blood stored in newer anticoagulants, we tested the persistence of the ABO, Rh, Lewis, and P antigens. Blood was stored for 21 to 35 days in several anticoagulant-preservative systems, such as citrate-phosphate-dextrose(More)