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Reducing their energy consumption has become an important objective for many people. Consumption transparency and timely feedback are essential to support those who want to adjust their behavior in order to conserve energy. In this work, we propose an interactive system that provides instantaneous feedback concerning the energy usage on household and device(More)
The worldwide adoption of smart meters that measure and communicate residential electricity consumption gives rise to the development of new energy efficiency services. Several particularly promising applications involve the disaggregation of individual appliances within a particular household in terms of their energy demand. In this paper we present an(More)
This study compared the recently introduced Microcuff endotracheal tube HVLP ICU featuring an ultrathin (7-µm) polyurethane cuff membrane with endotracheal tubes from different manufacturers regarding fluid leakage past the tube cuff. In vitro setup. The following endotracheal tubes (ID 7.5 mm) were compared: Mallinckrodt HiLo, Microcuff HVLP ICU, Portex(More)
BACKGROUND Neonatal sepsis is a common and life-threatening disorder, particularly among preterm infants. Early initiation of antibiotic therapy is frequently delayed because the first clinical signs of sepsis are non-specific and there are no reliable early laboratory indicators. We investigated the time course of expression and the prognostic power of the(More)
BACKGROUND Patients who receive bone marrow transplants have increased risk for new malignant conditions because of several risk factors, including conditioning with radiation and chemotherapy, immune stimulation, and malignant primary disease. The occurrence of and risk factors for malignant neoplasm in long-term survivors must be assessed. OBJECTIVE To(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was conducted to show vascularization of Schmorl's nodes with enhanced MR imaging and to correlate this finding with clinical complaints. MATERIALS AND METHODS Retrospectively, 412 gadopentetate dimeglumine-enhanced MR imaging examinations of the lumbar and thoracic spine of 372 patients were reviewed for Schmorl's nodes,(More)
Clinical outcome of kidney grafts that are affected by the complex syndrome of 'early graft dysfunction' is uncertain and rather unpredictable. In this study, an individual prognosis for dysfunctioning allografts (N = 93) is attempted by the immunohistological assessment of vascular classical complement activation in graft biopsies. Thus, capillary(More)
123I-labeled metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG) scintigraphy is a novel technique for the assessment of cardiac sympathetic dysinnervation. To evaluate defects of the cardiac autonomic nervous system at the onset of IDDM, this technique together with conventional electrocardiogram (ECG)-based cardiac reflex tests and measurement of the QT interval was(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the appropriateness of intubation depth marks on the new Microcuff paediatric tracheal tube. METHODS With local Institutional Ethics Committee approval and informed parental consent, we included patients from birth (weighing > or =3 kg) to 16 yr who were undergoing general anaesthesia requiring orotracheal(More)
To compare the assessment of cardiac output (CO) in children using the noninvasive Ultrasound Cardiac Output Monitor (USCOM) with the invasive pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) thermodilution cardiac output measurement. Prospective observational study in a tertiary center for pediatric cardiology of a university children's hospital. Twenty-four pediatric(More)