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Although surgical site infections (SSIs) occurring after hospital discharge cause substantial morbidity, their epidemiology is not well understood, and methods for routine postdischarge surveillance have not been validated. Inpatient and outpatient surveillance followed 5572 nonobstetric procedures among members of a health maintenance organization with(More)
Although most surgical site infections (SSIs) occur after hospital discharge, there is no efficient way to identify them. The utility of automated claims and electronic medical record data for this purpose was assessed in a cohort of 4086 nonobstetric procedures following which 96 postdischarge SSIs occurred. Coded diagnoses, tests, and treatments were(More)
Twenty-five patients were operated on at the Brigham and Women's Hospital for colonic diverticulitis complicating treated renal failure during the period 1951 to 1983. Twelve patients had functioning renal allografts (eight cadaver, four living-related); 13 were on dialysis therapy. Six patients had polycystic kidney disease. The majority of patients had(More)
The state of Massachusetts has significant early experience in planning for and implementing interoperability networks for exchange of clinical and financial data. Members of our evolving data-sharing organizations gained valuable experience that is of potential benefit to others regarding the governance, policies, and technologies underpinning regional(More)
Recent modifications and refinements in the management of patients with renal allografts have diminished the mortality rate at our hospital to 2 per cent and 5 per cent at one year for patients receiving kidneys from related and cadaveric sources, respectively. Of 186 receiving transplants since 1974, seven (4 per cent) have died within one year of(More)
The significant arterial complications of renal transplantation are hemorrhage, infarction, stenosis and aneurysm formation. Hemorrhage is often associated with sepsis and may be lifethreatening. Large infarcts may be secondary to multiple small vessels or intraoperative hypotension with inadequate perfusion of the organ. Nephrectomy is invariably indicated(More)
Because of important differences in prognosis and treatment, prompt and accurate diagnosis of fever, decreasing function, and pain and tenderness around a renal allograft is crucial for differentiation between acute rejection and other post-operative conditions which may give a similar picture. Ultrasound examinations within 24 hours have been performed on(More)