Melanie M Hall

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Complex foot and ankle wounds present multiple challenges for the reconstructive surgeon. Soft tissue deficits must be closed to protect underlying structures from infection and to provide a stable environment for healing. Surgical options commonly used include healing by secondary intention, local flap closure, skin grafts, pedicled flaps, and free tissue(More)
BACKGROUND Susceptibility testing results are not predictive of clinical response to antibiotic therapy in chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in cystic fibrosis (CF). We assessed the impact of reducing the number of routine susceptibility tests performed on clinical outcome in these cases. METHODS In June 2006, we introduced a protocol whereby(More)
In 2001, 7.58% of our coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients developed surgical-site infection (SSI) as compared with 3.57% in National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System hospitals from January 1992 to June 2001. Seven new preventive measures were implemented and in 2002, the rate was 3.47%. Implementing evidence-based measures improved patient(More)
Eighty-six Salmonella enteritidis isolates obtained during a surveillance program of poultry farms in Maine were subjected to phage-typing, plasmid profiling and fingerprinting, outer-membrane polypeptide analysis, and antimicrobial sensitivity testing. Isolates were obtained from a variety of sources, including poultry-farm environmental samples, chicken(More)