Margarita Bass

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We hypothesized that obese children with a history of breathing difficulty during sleep would demonstrate (1) evidence of complete and partial obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with hypercarbia and/or hypoxemia; and (2) correlation between symptoms, degree of obesity, adenoid and tonsil size, and polysomnography (PSG) results. We evaluated 32 obese children [%(More)
This study was done to evaluate prospectively whether ambulatory blood pressure recordings (AMB) (Spacelabs) would more accurately predict increases in left ventricular mass (LVMI) than did blood pressures measured by a nurse in the absence of a physician, using a random zero sphygmomanometer (RZ) and an automated oscillometric digital device (BPI). One(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to characterize the incidence, risk factors, and patterns of cervical spine injury (CSI) in different pediatric developmental ages. METHODS A retrospective review of the National Trauma Data Bank was conducted for the period of January 2002 through December 2006 to identify pediatric patients admitted following(More)
Although cytomegalovirus (CMV) is rarely cultured from peripheral-blood leukocytes of immunocompetent patients, it may be cultured from up to 60% of renal transplant recipients, 1 to 4 months after transplantation. During this same period, renal transplant recipients are often referred for psychiatric evaluation. Since CMV may infect the central nervous(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with worsened outcomes following severe injury. However, clinical studies evaluating the effect of DM on outcomes in patients suffering traumatic brain injury (TBI) are currently lacking. METHODS This was a National Trauma Databank (NTDB) study over a 5-year period. Patients with DM were matched with victims(More)
BACKGROUND The use of a "quality rounds checklist" (QRC) is an effective tool for improving compliance with evidence-based preventative measures and outcomes in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU). Our aim was to evaluate the long-term sustainability and outcome impact of this quality improvement strategy. METHODS Prospective observational study(More)
The study purpose was to determine the incidence of mechanical complications (MC) associated with central venous catheterization (CVC) and to evaluate their impact on outcomes. This was a retrospective review of trauma morbidity and mortality records at a Level I trauma center (1999 to 2009). Demographics and outcomes were extracted for all trauma patients(More)
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