Kathryn Hume

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BACKGROUND Percutaneous gastric feeding tubes are becoming increasingly more common to provide nutrition in debilitated patients, while they decrease the risk of aspiration associated with nasogastric tubes. METHODS We reviewed infectious complications of 372 feeding gastrostomy tubes placed in a small urban community hospital over a recent period. (More)
1. The degree to which disruption by mastication affects the glycaemic response to four different carbohydrate foods was investigated in healthy human volunteers; each food was eaten by six subjects. 2. Subjects ate meals of sweetcorn, white rice, diced apple or potato on two occasions; on one occasion they chewed the food thoroughly, on the other occasion(More)
OBJECTIVES Multipatient use and prolonged use of prefilled disposable oxygen humidifier bottles (Aquapak 301, Respiratory Care, Inc., Arlington Heights, IL) were evaluated by performing microbiologic monitoring and a cost analysis on bottles used for varying numbers of patients and lengths of time. METHODS Humidifiers were hung for a maximum of one month.(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine the efficiency of a joint infection control/occupational health program for the follow-up of accidental blood or bloody body fluid exposures in health care workers. METHODS A comprehensive staff follow-up program for all blood exposures with known patient sources was initiated in 1989, consisting of(More)
Nosocomial infections on eight acute care nursing units in a tertiary care hospital was compared between two 3-month periods in which floors were cleaned with either disinfectant or detergent. Personnel performing infection surveillance were unaware of the cleaning product used. Surface cultures from selected floor sites were obtained at 3 and 6 months to(More)
Admission of a patient with group A streptococcal cellulitis and bacteremia to the intensive care unit of a tertiary care teaching hospital was followed by two subsequent cases of group A streptococcal bacteremia with pneumonia in the unit. All streptococcal isolates were the same M- and T-type. Endotracheal intubation with respiratory ventilation was a(More)
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