Karen E. Powers

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OBJECTIVE To develop clinical practice guidelines for the support of the patient and family in the adult, pediatric, or neonatal patient-centered ICU. PARTICIPANTS A multidisciplinary task force of experts in critical care practice was convened from the membership of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) and the Society of Critical Care(More)
Bats are geographically widespread and play an important role in many ecosystems, but relatively little is known about the ecology of their associated microbial communities and the role microbial taxa play in bat health, development, and evolution. Moreover, few vertebrate animal skin microbiomes have been comprehensively assessed, and thus characterizing(More)
The role of compost microflora in the suppression of salmonella regrowth in composted sewage sludge was investigated. Microbial inhibition studies of salmonella growth were conducted on nutrient agar, in composts that had been subjected to different temperatures in compost piles, and in radiation sterilized composts inoculated with selected fractions of the(More)
Distress is prevalent in breast cancer patients and can be detrimental to quality of life, performance status, treatment adherence, and satisfaction with medical care. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network developed the distress thermometer (DT) as a self-assessment tool for screening distress in cancer patients. Given time and financial constraints, it(More)
Sixty-eight Rhizoctonia solani isolates (31 AG-1, 37 of AG-2-2) associated with web blight (WB) of common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, were examined for sequence variations in the ITS-5.8S rDNA region. The isolates were collected in bean-growing lowland and mountainous regions in Central and South America. Sequences of these isolates were aligned with other(More)
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are severe, often lethal, congenital malformations of the spine and central nervous system, the most common of which are spina bifida, anencephaly, and encephalocele. NTDs are among the most common and preventable birth defects in the United States. Still, every year in North Carolina, about 1 in every 500-700 pregnancies is(More)
Patients with cyanide exposure present a rare and unique challenge to the critical care nurse. The following article assists the critical care nurse and advanced practice nurse in understanding the pathophysiology of cyanide exposure, assessment of signs and symptoms, and antidotal and supportive therapies. In addition, a case review of nursing care for a(More)
During bloom of spring orchard crops, bees are the primary providers of pollination service. Monitoring these insects for research projects is often done by timed observations or by direct aerial netting, but there has been increasing interest in blue vane traps as an efficient passive approach to collecting bees. Over multiple spring seasons in Michigan(More)
In March 2012, live trapping surveys were conducted for invasive small Indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Forty mongoose were sampled (31%, 9&) for ectoparasites, and cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) were discovered on 17 individuals. There was no difference in the number of ectoparasites per mongoose across age(More)
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