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BACKGROUND Yeasts are a common cause of invasive fungal infections in critically ill patients. Antifungal susceptibility testing results of clinically significant fungal strains are of interest to physicians, enabling them to adopt appropriate strategies for empiric and prophylactic therapies. We investigated the antifungal susceptibility of yeasts isolated(More)
Preparing students to handle the most important techniques of System Analysis and Design is one of the main goals of the Software Engineering courses. The aim of this goal is to make them capable of building a new system that satisfies the requirements of a user. This paper describes a new method for determining, in a very precise way, the desired system(More)
The objective of this investigation was to analyze the effectiveness of a quality improvement initiative in limiting the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in the hospital setting. During the period 2011–2013, a multimodal intervention was activated at a tertiary care center in Italy. The intervention included: laboratory-based surveillance,(More)
BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile (CD) is a leading cause of diarrhoea among hospitalized patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the rate, the optimal diagnostic work-up, and outcome of CD infections (CDI) in Internal Medicine (IM) wards in Italy. METHODS PRACTICE is an observational prospective study, involving 40 IM Units and evaluating(More)
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