Laura Rasero

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate in SSc, the frequency of digital lesions and the morphology, characteristics, natural course and time to healing of 1614 digital ulcers (DUs). METHODS One hundred SSc patients were followed up for 4 years. In the first step, the digital lesions were observed and classified at the time of presentation [digital pitting scar (DPS); DU;(More)
PURPOSE Our aim was to determine the non-inferiority of normal saline flushing compared to heparin flushing in maintaining the patency of totally implanted venous access devices (TIVADs). METHOD Four hundred and thirty patients were recruited from 14 Italian centres. Patients were randomized to heparin group or to normal saline group. The primary outcome(More)
PURPOSE The principal aim of this study is to analyze the incidence of late complications in oncologic patients with totally implanted central venous access ports. METHODS A prospective multicenter observational study was conducted in 26 Italian oncologic outpatient clinics. 1076 cancer patients with Totally Implanted Central Venous Access Ports (TIAP)(More)
Haematologica vol. 85(3):March 2000 Haematologica 2000; 85:275-279 original paper Transplantation & Cell Therapy Background and Objectives. Care of central venous catheter (CVC) in patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation (BMT) raises significant problems related to the high risk of local infections due to the immunodeficient status, which in itself(More)
Guidelines Towards a Pain-Free Hospital, published in 2001 in Italy, determined an increasing spread of No-Pain Hospital Committees across the country and supported a more effective pain control in hospital. However, few hospitals adopted such protocols. To date, a thorough investigation on quality of pain management documentation is lacking. The present(More)
BACKGROUND In systemic sclerosis (SSc), digital ulcers (DU) are painful, difficult to heal and frequently infected, thus greatly affecting quality of life and increasing SSc-related disability. Vitamin E has been previously used in cutaneous lesions for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. OBJECTIVES To study the healing effect of(More)
INTRODUCTION   Nursing models and terminologies can contribute to research the nature of nursing care. AIM   The aim of this study was to describe nursing diagnoses in acute- and long-term elderly care. METHODS   A point prevalence survey was conducted on 240 patients. The International Classification for Nursing Practice was used to describe nursing(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this systematic review was to assess the efficacy of heparin flushing in the lock of central venous catheters. METHODS We searched MEDLINE and CINAHL databases. Eligible studies were randomized controlled trials evaluating the use of heparin versus normal saline or other solution in the flushing of central catheter among adult patients.(More)
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in long-term survivors of allogenic stem cell transplantation. This retrospective study describes the problems occurring in stem cell transplanted patients. Data were collected from medical and nursing records of the 55 patients admitted to the Stem Cell transplant ward of Careggi(More)