Giuseppe De Tommaso

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The elderly are an ever increasing population in overcrowded emergency departments (EDs) in many countries. They have multiple health problems and consume more time and resources than younger patients. They are more frequently admitted and experience adverse outcomes after they are discharged from the ED. These frail patients could require specific skills,(More)
Thyroid hormones affect the functions of several organs including the heart and kidney. Using isolated left papillary muscles we have investigated the action of thyroid hormones on the mechanical and electrical properties of the heart. We found that pure hypothyroidism causes a depression in contractile and electrical parameters, but we noticed that(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The increasing number of elderly patients accessing emergency departments (ED) requires use of validated, rapid assessment instruments. The aim of this study was to compare the Identification of Seniors at Risk (ISAR) and Triage Risk Screening Tool (TRST), based on direct patient evaluation. RESEARCH DESIGN AND SUBJECTS This(More)
The loop of Henle contributes to renal acidification by reabsorbing about 15% of filtered bicarbonate. To study the effects on loop of Henle bicarbonate transport (JHCO3) of acid-base disturbances and of several factors known to modulate sodium transport, these in vivo microperfusion studies were carried out in rats during: (a) acute and chronic metabolic(More)
OBJECTIVES Frail older adults are at an increased risk for adverse outcomes after an Emergency Department (ED) visit. Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) has been proposed to screen for frailty in the ED, but it is difficult to carry out. We tested whether a CGA-based approach using the Identification of Seniors At Risk (ISAR) screening tool was(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Elderly patients presenting to Emergency Departments (ED) have complex health problems and often undergo adverse outcomes after an ED visit. In Canadian ED, the Identification of Seniors At Risk (ISAR) is useful in screening for these aspects. This study evaluated the predictive validity of ISAR for elderly patients presenting to Italian(More)
The current disease-oriented, episodic model of emergency care does not adequately address the complex needs of older adults presenting to emergency departments (EDs). Dedicated ED facilities with a specific organization (e.g., geriatric EDs (GEDs)) have been advocated. One of the few GED experiences in the world is described and its outcomes compared with(More)
In western countries approximately a quarter of the population is 65 years and older. People in this age group often have several coexisting medical problems and take multiple drugs, and older people receive the greatest proportion of dispensed prescriptions. The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death and a major cause of physical(More)
It has recently been suggested that selective parathyroidectomy modifies drug-induced acute renal failure. In the present study, we tested whether parathyroid hormone (PTH) could play a role in the pathogenesis of cisplatin (CP) nephrotoxicity. Parathyroidectomized rats (PTX) with normal blood calcium, were injected with two different doses of CP (group Ia:(More)