Patrizio Caciagli

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BACKGROUND The adoption of Quality Indicators (QIs) has prompted the development of tools to measure and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of laboratory testing, first in the hospital setting and subsequently in ambulatory and other care settings. While Laboratory Medicine has an important role in the delivery of high-quality care, no consensus exists(More)
The aim of the present study was to examine the efficiency of different decontamination-cleaning protocols on blood-soiled catheters used for interventional cardiology. Electrophysiology and cardiac ablation disposable devices were contaminated with bacteria-spiked human blood and underwent four different pre-sterilization protocols, including a(More)
Most plant viruses rely on vector organisms for their plant-to-plant spread. Although there are many different natural vectors, few plant virus-vector systems have been well studied. This review describes our current understanding of virus transmission by aphids, thrips, whiteflies, leafhoppers, planthoppers, treehoppers, mites, nematodes, and zoosporic(More)
BACKGROUND Women suffering from recurrent urinary tract infections (rUTIs) are routinely treated for asymptomatic bacteriuria (AB), but the consequences of this procedure on antibiotic resistance are not fully known. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of AB treatment on antibiotic resistance among women with rUTIs. METHODS The study(More)
Detection of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) is a fundamental laboratory test for diagnosing systemic autoimmune diseases. Currently, the method of choice is indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) on a HEp-2 cell substrate. The goal of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of five commercially available enzyme immunoassay (EIA) kits for ANA detection(More)
Electrophysiology and ablation cardiac catheters, which come in contact with blood during clinical use, are required to be non-pyrogenic (<20 endotoxin units (EU)/device). This study aimed to quantify the residual endotoxin load in reprocessed devices as a mandatory step to guarantee safe reuse. We monitored the pyrogenic status of the device (n=61) in(More)
STUDY DESIGN Five cases of epidural spinal cavernous hemangioma submitted to magnetic resonance imaging and surgery were reviewed. OBJECTIVE To correlate different magnetic resonance imaging appearances of epidural spinal cavernous hemangioma with histologic findings. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Cavernous hemangioma is an uncommon vascular malformation(More)
UNLABELLED Patients with severe aplastic anemia (SAA; n = 46) were studied in long-term bone marrow culture (LTBMC) systems and compared with allogeneic marrow transplant (BMT) recipients (n = 16) (within 30 days following BMT) and normal control patients (n = 12). SAA patients were divided in two groups: transfusion-dependent (Tx-D) SAA patients (group A;(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the performance and limitations of a reprocessing protocol for nonlumen electrophysiology catheters by testing the sterility of reprocessed devices and defining the maximum number of reprocessing cycles sustainable by the device in hygienically safe conditions. DESIGN Simulated use, reprocessing, and testing of the catheters. SETTING(More)