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We studied EEG arousal after laryngoscopy and intubation with standardized bolus induction of anaesthesia. Twenty patients were prospectively allocated randomly to induction with propofol 3 mg kg-1 (n = 10) or thiopentone (6 mg kg-1 (n = 10) and 50% nitrous oxide in oxygen. Neuromuscular block was produced with vecuronium 0.2 mg kg-1 given 30 s after(More)
We describe a partial sensory and motor block of the ipsilateral lower limb after interscalene infusion. After and injection of 20 mL of ropivacaine through the needle, the catheter was advanced 5 cm, and an infusion of ropivacaine 0.2% 5 mL/h commenced. Six hours later, the patient reported a left sensory and motor hemisyndrome, which resolved after the(More)
On January 12th, 2010, an earthquake of a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale striked the southwest of Haiti, including the capital Port-au-Prince, and provoked immense human and material damages. Estimated number of victims is 300000 wounded, 230000 dead and 1000000 homeless. This disaster generated at once an immense and urgent need for sanitary(More)
BACKGROUND The World Health Organization proposes 6 building blocks for health systems. These are vulnerable to challenges in many contexts. Findings from a 2004 assessment of the health system in Mali for diabetes care found many barriers were present for the management and care of this condition. Following this assessment different projects to strengthen(More)
The International Consortium for Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) organises a biannual conference (ICPIC) on various subjects related to infection prevention, treatment and control. During ICPIC 2015, held in Geneva in June 2015, a full one-day session focused on the 2014–2015 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. This article is a(More)
BACKGROUND Major natural disasters may provoke a mass casualty situation, and children tend to represent an important proportion of the victims. The purpose of this study was to prospectively record medical conditions presented by pediatric survivors of a major natural disaster to determine the type of medical specialists most needed during the acute phase(More)
BACKGROUND In 2007 the "Crisp Report" on international partnerships increased interest in Northern countries on the way their links with Southern partners operated. Since its establishment in 2007 the Division of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine at the Geneva University Hospitals has developed a variety of partnerships. Frameworks to assess these(More)
On October 8th 2005, a violent earthquake struck the northern region of Pakistan resulting in a large number of injuries and deaths. In response to this catastrophe, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) offered logistic support, including material and medical staff. After evaluating the needs, the SDC sent two surgeons to the city of(More)
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