Hugo Robays

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PURPOSE To investigate the frequency and type of drug related problems (DRPs) in geriatric patients (> 65 years), and to assess their contribution to hospital admission; to explore the appropriateness of drug therapy according to the Beers' criteria. METHODS Cross-sectional observational survey of 110 elderly patients admitted during three non-consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVE To test a method for registration of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) resulting in hospital admission and of ADRs occurring during hospital stay. Spontaneous reporting was compared with data from patient interview. METHODS Spontaneous reporting of ADRs by nurses and physicians, as well as patient interviews by pharmacists. This pilot project was(More)
INTRODUCTION Medication errors in the intensive care unit (ICU) are frequent and lead to attributable patient morbidity and mortality, increased length of ICU stay and substantial extra costs. We investigated if the introduction of a computerized ICU system (Centricity Critical Care Clinisoft, GE Healthcare) reduced the incidence and severity of medication(More)
INTRODUCTION We describe incidence and patient factors associated with augmented renal clearance (ARC) in adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS A prospective observational study in a mixed cohort of surgical and medical ICU patients receiving antimicrobial therapy at the Ghent University Hospital, Belgium. Kidney function was(More)
BACKGROUND Enhanced oral (po) bioavailability of antimicrobial drugs allows conversion to po therapy once a patient meets defined clinical criteria. This can reduce length of hospital stay, healthcare costs and risk of complications related to intravenous (iv) access. We developed a quality indicator for assessing the appropriate iv-to-po switch of(More)
OBJECTIVE This study measured the impact of three interventions for physicians, in order to implement guidelines for sequential therapy (intravenous to oral conversion) with fluoroquinolones. SETTING A Belgian university hospital with 1,065 beds. Method The first intervention consisted of the hospital-wide publication of guidelines in the local drug(More)
CASE We report a case of simultaneous methemoglobinemia and hemolytic anemia, probably related to the use of rasburicase, in a child starting treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In addition, the patient developed symptoms of pancreatitis. All complications resolved after 3 days of supportive therapy. CONCLUSION Although usually well(More)
There is little data available to guide amoxicillin-clavulanic acid dosing in critically ill children. The primary objective of this study was to investigate the pharmacokinetics of both compounds in this pediatric subpopulation. Patients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) in whom intravenous amoxicillin-clavulanic acid was indicated (25 to(More)
Accurate administration of drugs is an essential part of pharmacotherapy in children. Small differences in the amount of drugs administered, might evoke different clinical effects. This is especially of concern in drugs with a narrow therapeutic index. Guided by a case that was observed in pediatrics, some practical recommendations for the administration of(More)