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As part of an all-island survey of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the Republic of Ireland (the South), where there is a mixed public and private healthcare system, and Northern Ireland (the North), where the healthcare system is part of the UK National Health Service, a questionnaire was circulated to all participating hospitals on(More)
The North/South Study of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Ireland, 1999, includes a joint review of the epidemiology of MRSA across both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland. Data were gathered on all MRSA cases identified in laboratories in Northern Ireland (the North) and in the Republic of Ireland (the South) over a two-week(More)
Ferranti Computer System's (FCSL) business is the development and supply of bespoke complex real-time systems and thus it needs to be at the forefront of technology to maintain a market edge. For technological innovation to be effective, it needs to be fed to the systems development and user groups rapidly and in understandable terminology. This process has(More)
Retrospective aggregate data on all Staphylococcus aureus isolates recovered from blood cultures during 1998 were collected in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland (North) and the Republic of Ireland (South), as part of the North/South Study of MRSA in Ireland 1999. A postal questionnaire was used to gather the data, and all(More)
There is no universally agreed laboratory protocol for the detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and hence a variety of approaches are used. As part of an all-island survey of MRSA in the Republic of Ireland (the South) and Northern Ireland (the North), a questionnaire was circulated to 14 participating laboratories in the North(More)
Although about 75-80% of neutropenic fevers are thought to be caused by infections, a causal organism can be confirmed microbiologically or suspected clinically in only 30-50%, and even fewer of these cases (16%) have a documented bacteraemia. The cause of neutropenic fever in the remaining cases remains elusive. The reasons for this failure may be due to(More)
This study investigated several episodes of infection of Campylobacter jejuni in an immunocompromised male with hypogammaglobulinaemia, presenting with diarrhoea and bacteraemia over a 16-month period, by employing three phenotyping and four genotyping schemes, including the single-stranded conformational polymorphism (SSCP) technique to establish if(More)