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OBJECTIVES To determine the performance of two different commercially available, noncontact infrared tympanic thermometers in predicting core body temperature as measured by pulmonary artery catheters in pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) patients. The performance of the tympanic thermometers was compared with the performance of an indwelling rectal probe(More)
Asthma is the most common chronic disease affecting children. Studies have demonstrated improvements in asthma control when care is delivered by specialists compared with generalists. We postulated that specialist care delivered by telemedicine would result in similar improvements in control of symptoms and quality of life as compared with face-to-face(More)
"Surge" hospitals, which can handle an influx of patients during a large-scale disaster, are being considered by some who think the healthcare industry's plans for such catastrophes need work, says Jim Bentley, left, senior vice president for strategic policy planning of the American Hospital Association.
The purpose of this report is to review the current knowledge base related to the epidemiology, microbiology, diagnosis, and morbidity and mortality of ventilator-associated pneumonia and to review strategies to reduce the risk of acquiring this condition. Published guidelines are based largely on data from adult populations, and implications for the(More)
A 3-month-old infant of 33 weeks' gestation was hospitalized with pneumonia caused by Bordetella pertussis. Respiratory insufficiency worsened, and on hospital day 3, there was severe pulmonary dysfunction (arterial oxygen pressure/fraction of inspired oxygen ratio: 120), extreme leukocytosis (white blood cell count 104,000/mm3), and severe pulmonary(More)
OBJECTIVE Preimplantation factor (PIF) is a novel, 15 amino acid peptide, secreted by viable embryos. This study aims to elucidate PIF's effects in human endometrial stromal cells (HESC) decidualized by estrogen and progestin, which mimics the preimplantation milieu, and in first-trimester decidua cultures (FTDC). STUDY DESIGN HESC or FTDC were incubated(More)