Mona A Brown

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BACKGROUND There is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the critically ill patient population. Several intensive care unit studies have demonstrated an association between vitamin D deficiency [25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) < 20 ng/mL] and increased hospital length of stay (LOS), readmission rate, sepsis and mortality. MATERIAL AND METHODS Pilot,(More)
OBJECTIVES High-dose vitamin D3 increases plasma total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] in critically ill, ventilated patients; however, to our knowledge, the effect on plasma levels of free (nonprotein-bound) 25(OH)D has not been investigated in critical illness. Moreover, the relationship of free 25(OH)D and the regulation of endogenous antimicrobial(More)
Ventilator-Associated Bacterial Pneumonia (VABP) is a difficult therapeutic problem. Considerable controversy exists regarding the optimal chemotherapy for this entity. The recent IDSA/ATS guidelines recommended a 7-day therapeutic course for VABP based on the balance of no negative impact on all-cause mortality, less resistance emergence and fewer(More)
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