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OBJECTIVES The objective of the study was to assess the cost of using different blood pumps for short-term ventricular assist device (VAD) and extracorporeal life support (ECLS) systems for cardiac and cardiorespiratory failure in the UK. METHODS The cost analysis presented was based on evaluation of the time required to provide circulatory support for(More)
The aim of the study was to systematically evaluate effect of CentriMag heart pump (Thoratec Corporation) as temporary ventricular assist device (VAD) and part of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) system on outcomes in patients with cardiac or cardiac-respiratory failure. A systematic search was conducted in five databases for the period 2003 to(More)
Since the year 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have anchored efforts to combat global poverty. As we near 2015, this article assesses ICTs' role in reaching the goals, with an emphasis on urban poverty. Over the lifespan of the MDGs, debate about ICTs and development has grown. At one pole of this debate are those who see ICTs as enabling(More)
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