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A sample of 50 DSM-III-diagnosed schizophrenics (mean age, 34 years) intentionally biased to contain a relatively high proportion of persistently unemployed persons was compared with a sample of 87 normal volunteers on three computed tomographic measures. These were lateral ventricle-brain ratio, regional brain computed tomographic density values, and brain(More)
Twenty-six elderly (greater than 60 yrs) patients with DSM-III major depression were compared to 13 patients with NINCDS/ADRDA probable Alzheimer's disease (AD), and to 31 screened normal controls. Subjects were matched on age and sex. Fifteen of the 26 depressed patients were cognitively impaired on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) upon admission,(More)
BACKGROUND Our institution had a major outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Acinetobacter (MDRA) in its general surgical and trauma intensive care units (ICUs) in 2011, requiring implementation of an aggressive infection-control response. We hypothesized that poor hand-hygiene compliance (HHC) may have contributed to the outbreak of MDRA. A response to the(More)
BACKGROUND Tracheostomy is indicated for patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation. The aim of this study is to identify prognostic indicators for early mortality after tracheostomy to potentially avoid futility in the intensive care unit. METHODS Patients who underwent tracheostomy and died within 30 d of admission (futile group) were compared(More)
BACKGROUND There were two major outbreaks of multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRA) in our general surgery and trauma intensive care units (ICUs) in 2004 and 2011. Both required aggressive multi-faceted interventions to control. We hypothesized that the infection control response may have had a secondary benefit of reducing rates of(More)
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