Laura Magagna

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PURPOSE There are limited prospective data on whether the method of flushing affects the complication rate of tunnelled central venous catheters (CVCs). PATIENTS AND METHODS During a 25-month period, 203 pediatric patients who had newly placed Broviac-Hickman CVCs were randomly assigned to standard flushing with heparin solution or to experimental(More)
A prospective pediatric survey on the incidence of central venous catheter (CVC) complications was performed aimed at identifying risk factors of premature CVC removal. The study comprised 129 Broviac-Hickman CVCs inserted during a 13-month period in 112 children. The total number of CVC days was 19,328 (median: 122 days, range: 1-385). The overall rate of(More)
INTRODUCTION We report a simplified method of performing antibiotic lock therapy (ALT) based on a disposable central venous catheter (CVC) hub device, CLC 2000, enabling an open-ended CVC to be flushed with normal saline solution without heparin. METHODS ALT was administered through a CLC 2000 connector for recurrent CVC-bloodstream infections (BSI) by(More)
Although nonoperative management of blunt splenic injury (NMBSI) has an established role in the overall management of adult patients with blunt splenic injury, the criteria by which patients are selected continue to be debated. The purpose of this study is to establish the effectiveness of a defined set of criteria that includes CT grading for the selection(More)
Qualitative and quantitative studies of dendritic parameters were conducted on Golgi-impregnated layer IV spiny stellate neurons in the posteromedial barrel subfield (PMBSF) of somatosensory cortex of the C57B1/6N mouse. Three mice each, at 4, 12, 22, 26, 30, 36 and 45 months of age were studied. No qualitative changes were observed among animals of(More)
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