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BACKGROUND Drug therapy is associated with adverse effects, and fatal adverse drug events (ADEs) have become major hospital problems. Our study assesses the incidence of fatal ADEs in a major medical department and identifies possible patient characteristics signifying fatal ADE risk. METHODS During a 2-year period, a multidisciplinary study group(More)
The relative content of lymphocytes and macrophages was studied in 20 solid malignant human tumours. Mechanically prepared tumour-cell suspensions contained both lymphocytes (0.2-4.0%) and macrophages (0.2-7.0%). Macrophages were characterized as esterase-positive, phagocytosing cells. The distribution of the cells within the tumours was studied on cryostat(More)
In a prospective study we have included the specific red cell adherence (SRCA) test for the identification of blood group isoantigens in the investigation of patients with bladder tumor. The preliminary results, relating the SRCA test to grade and stage in 50 patients are presented. None of the SRCA-positive tumors were of high-grade malignancy (WHO III),(More)
In twenty cases, human vitreous humor glucose concentrations were measured with five different methods in common use. Striking differences in glucose values were obtained by the various analytical procedures. The reasons for these discrepancies remain obscure. Before interpretation of a given vitreous value, therefore, the analytical method employed must be(More)
Mononuclear cells (MC) were found in suspensions prepared from twenty-one out of twenty-two solid human neoplasms. In three cases it was calculated that more than 1% of the MC could represent contamination by blood MC. Due to technical difficulties and blood lymphocyte contamination, eight cases were excluded from the study. MC could be separated from(More)
Female pigs, fed diets in which 42% of the caloric intake came from either rapeseed oil, fish oil, partially hydrogenated fish oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil or lard, were killed after one week, five weeks, six months and one year. Type of fat or length of feeding did not affect the cardiac content of total fat which was normal in all animals. The(More)
In order to reach an estimate of drug-related deaths, the Adverse Drug Reaction Committee/the Norwegian Medicines Control Authority obtained access to data from the Department of Internal Medicine in a Norwegian county hospital. The criteria for classifying possible/probable cause of drug-related deaths were assessed. 6.5 deaths per 1,000 hospitalized(More)
This study is part of a prospective quality assurance project in a Norwegian county hospital. The major aims of the study were to estimate the number of drug-related deaths; assess whether these were recognized by the clinicians, and (if not) discuss why the clinicians had difficulties in recognizing drug-related deaths. A panel of two internists, one(More)
BACKGROUND Deaths at Akershus University Hospital were systematically reviewed to evaluate the quality of death certificates and to improve reporting of deaths by unnatural causes. MATERIAL AND METHOD Death certificates and medical records from the 496 patients who died at Akershus University Hospital in the period 1 May-31 December 2008 (8 months), were(More)