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We describe an innovative highly parallel application program, ParaDiS, which computes the plastic strength of materials by tracing the evolution of dislocation lines over time. We discuss the issues of scaling the code to tens of thousands of processors, and present early scaling results of the code run on a prototype of the BlueGene/L supercomputer being(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective was to test the ability of the Brief Risk Identification for Geriatric Health Tool (BRIGHT) to identify older emergency department (ED) patients with functional and physical impairment. METHODS This was a cross-sectional study in which 139 persons > or = 75 years, who presented to an urban New Zealand ED over a 12-week period,(More)
AIMS To investigate health literacy (i.e. understanding medical information) in North Shore Hospital's Emergency Medicine Department patients and to assess differences in comprehension between standard and simplified head injury advice sheets. METHODS Prospective randomised controlled trial in a convenience sample of adult Emergency Medicine patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine mortality and morbidity associated with accidental poisoning in New Zealand for the period of 1993-97, and make comparisons with international trends. METHODS Poison Centre call data, and mortality and public hospital discharge data from the New Zealand Health Information Service were examined. Mortality and hospitalization rates were(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate adult presentations to North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, following deliberate self-harm, determine re-presentation and suicide rates and investigate the characteristics of those patients who re-present. METHODS Retrospective review of a cohort of adult patients presenting to North Shore Hospital Emergency Care Centre in(More)
AIMS To report five cases of adverse effects associated with the ingestion of "Herbal Ecstasy" tablets and discuss possible mechanisms of toxicity. METHOD Composition of the "Herbal Ecstasy" tablets was determined by discussions with distributors and with MEDSAFE: Reference to relevant texts and an internet and Medline literature search was used to(More)
The EpiNet project has been established to facilitate investigator-initiated clinical research in epilepsy, to undertake epidemiological studies, and to simultaneously improve the care of patients who have records created within the EpiNet database. The EpiNet database has recently been adapted to collect detailed information regarding status epilepticus.(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine previous computer training and current computer confidence of emergency medicine (EM) specialists and trainees, and to determine the accessibility of computer and Internet resources in New Zealand ED. METHODS A prospective, cross-sectional study of all New Zealand EM specialists and trainees between July 2005 and October 2005,(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the percentage of Emergency Medicine patients using Complementary Therapies (CTs), to investigate what types of CTs are used most commonly, and to gauge the acceptability of studies of CT effectiveness in a hospital setting. METHOD Prospective cross sectional survey using a convenience sample of adult patients, presenting to the(More)
AIMS To describe medical cover and medical presentations at the four-day 1999 Sweetwaters Music Festival, and make comparisons with other festivals. METHODS All medical contacts were counted, and patients presenting to the medical tent were included in the study. Case records were studied to determine demographic data, nature of complaint, treatment and(More)