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OBJECTIVES To compare initial and one year costs of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) versus percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the stent or surgery trial. DESIGN Prospective, unblinded, randomised trial. SETTING Multicentre study. PATIENTS 988 patients with multivessel disease. INTERVENTIONS CABG and stent assisted PCI. MAIN OUTCOME(More)
BACKGROUND Children discharged home with a tracheostomy need a safe home environment and access to health care. We described the indications, clinical characteristics, socio-economic circumstances and outcomes of children enroled in a tracheostomy home care programme in South Africa. METHODS We performed a retrospective chart review of children receiving(More)
AIM To describe the causes, clinical presentation and neurological outcome of acute flaccid paralysis in children. METHODS A retrospective study in a tertiary paediatric hospital in South Africa. Data on clinical presentation, respiratory complications and long-term neurological outcomes of children presenting with acute flaccid paralysis were collected.(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the use of the phosphorylcholine (PC) coated BiodivYsio small vessel (SV) stent in native coronary vessels of small calibre. DESIGN AND SETTING Prospective, multi-centre, multi-national registry with 6-month clinical and core-lab angiographic follow-up. Adverse events were adjudicated by a Clinical Events Committee (CEC) and included(More)
BACKGROUND A number of initiatives have employed nurses in roles traditionally associated with the medical profession but few have been evaluated in prospective randomised studies. This paper reports the results of a randomised controlled trial to assess the performance of a nurse practitioner (NP), trained to prepare patients for diagnostic cardiac(More)
UNLABELLED Tracheostomy in adults with HIV/AIDS has been reported to be associated with both high and early mortality of 47-100%. There is minimal data regarding the role of tracheostomy in HIV infected children. We did a retrospective analysis of HIV positive children that underwent tracheostomy at our institution over a 5-year period, 2002-2006. A total(More)
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