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OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of central catheter-related bloodstream infection (CR-BSI) and to compare patient and catheter characteristics of those with and without CR-BSI from a clinically suspected subgroup. Secondly, to assess the efficacy of the acridine orange leucocyte cytospin test (AOLC) as a rapid in situ method of detecting central venous(More)
This case report describing Acanthamoeba keratitis in a 41-year-old male disposable contact lens wearer, adds some sobering and some encouraging information for the future management of this infection. Initial treatment with topical propamidine isethionate (Brolene) and polymyxin B/neomycin/gramicidin (Neosporin) led to an unsatisfactory clinical response.(More)
OBJECTIVES Suspected seizures are a common reason for emergency calls to ambulance services. Prehospital management of these patients is an important element of good quality care. The aim of this study, conducted in a regional ambulance service in the UK, was to quantify the number of emergency telephone calls for suspected seizures in adults, the(More)
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OBJECTIVES Paramedics routinely make critical decisions about the most appropriate care to deliver in a complex system characterized by significant variation in patient case-mix, care pathways and linked service providers. There has been little research carried out in the ambulance service to identify areas of risk associated with decisions about patient(More)
BACKGROUND Reconfiguration of trauma services, with direct transport of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients to neuroscience centres (NCs), bypassing non-specialist acute hospitals (NSAHs), could potentially improve outcomes. However, delays in stabilisation of airway, breathing and circulation (ABC) and the difficulties in reliably identifying TBI at(More)
ACTION (Assisting Carers using Telematic Interventions to meet Older persons' Needs) is a nursing led Pan-European project (1997-2000). Its primary aim is to maintain the autonomy, independence and quality of life of frail older and disabled persons and their family carers by the application of telematic technology. This article describes the development of(More)