Giuseppe La Spina

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PURPOSE This study evaluated the marginal fit of experimental and custom-made fixed prosthetic restorations through a new 360-degree external examination. The minimum number of gap measurements required to produce relevant results for gap analysis was also investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS The marginal fit of six experimental and eight custom-made(More)
BACKGROUND We implemented a program for continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT) in intensive care units (ICU) based on the cooperative work of dialysis and ICU personnel. Our aim was to report the main details of this program and compare its cost with that of intermittent hemodiafiltration (IHDF). METHODS The study referred to 181 ICU patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated the epidemiology of ventilator-associated pneumonia in elderly ICU patients. More precisely, we assessed prevalence, risk factors, signs and symptoms, causative bacterial pathogens, and associated outcomes. DESIGN Secondary analysis of a multicenter prospective cohort (EU-VAP project). SETTING Twenty-seven European ICUs. (More)
Blood stored in acid-citrate-dextrose (ACD) shows a progressive decrease in 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (DPG) content. Since the decrease in DPG increases hemoglobin oxygen affinity, which in turn may reduce tissue and venous PO2 and peripheral oxygen delivery, many efforts have been made to preserve or restore DPG levels in stored blood. An in vivo rejuvenating(More)
Prevalence of HBV markers (HbsAg, anti-Hbs, anti-HBc) was retrospectively estimated in 204 adolescents (12-20 years old) of the Bambino Gesù Hospital (174 patients of orthopaedic department and 30 student nurses). HBsAg carrier rate was 3.4% (all healthy, none HBeAg positive) and prevalence of HBV marker (at least one positive) was 13.2%. Male sex,(More)