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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains a serious complication in hospitalized patients, in spite of several published guidelines (GL) on its prevention. The objective of this study (part of the TRiPSS-2 project) was to evaluate the impact of a locally adapted GL, supported by a multifaceted implementation strategy, in improving VTE(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk of stroke, particularly in the elderly. Warfarin is associated with a 70% relative risk reduction of stroke compared with placebo, with only a moderate increase of major bleeding. Warfarin is more beneficial than aspirin for patients at higher risk from thromboembolism (stroke rate > 6%/year),(More)
BACKGROUND The use of oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) to prevent non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) related-strokes is often sub-optimal. We aimed to evaluate whether implementing guidelines on antithrombotic therapy (AT) by a multifaceted strategy may improve appropriateness of its prescription in NVAF-patients discharged from a large tertiary-care(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare hospital mortality in a cardiac surgery unit with external data and to assess changes in time (patients undergoing surgery in two different periods). MATERIALS AND METHODS Data on risk factors for hospital mortality were collected from clinical records (retrospectively for the first period and prospectively for the second) for all(More)
Data available from the standard hospital discharge database (SDO) allow us to explore differences in health conditions according to different indicators of socioeconomic status (SES). We analysed all the patients aged 30-59, discharged from the S. Giovanni Battista (Molinette) hospital (the main general hospital in Turin, Italy) during three years(More)
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