Peter R Hicks

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In a randomized study, caspofungin was compared with amphotericin B for the treatment of invasive candidiasis in a total of 239 adults from 56 sites in 20 countries. This study provided a unique opportunity to assess the frequency and outcome of invasive candidiasis caused by different Candida species worldwide, and the results are presented here. Efficacy(More)
After-hours discharge from the intensive care unit (ICU) is associated with adverse patient outcomes including increased ICU readmissions and mortality. Since Australian and New Zealand data were last published, overall ICU patient mortality has decreased; however it is unknown whether changes in discharge practices have contributed to these improved(More)
OBJECTIVES To report Palmerston North Hospital's (PNH) recent experiences with paediatric admissions to the general Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and to identify any aspects relevant to regionalisation of paediatric intensive care. METHODS Retrospective review of the ICU database and admission register to enable clinical and demographic profiling of all(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify intensive care patients dying within 2 years of discharge from hospital and assess whether the cause of death was related to the diagnosis at hospital discharge. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS A retrospective cohort study of all patients admitted to the intensive care unit at Wellington Hospital, New Zealand, between 1 July 2001(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the resource usage by patients with influenza A H1N1 admitted to Australian and New Zealand intensive care units during the first wave of the pandemic in June, July and August 2009. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Data were collected in two separate surveys: the 2007-08 resource and activity survey and the 2009 influenza pandemic(More)
AIM To describe the development of the New Zealand Major Trauma Registry (NZ-MTR) and the initial experiences of its use. METHOD The background to the development of the NZ-MTR was reviewed and the processes undertaken to implement a single-instance of a web-based national registry described. A national minimum dataset was defined and utilised. Key(More)
PURPOSE A hospital's highest-risk patients are managed in the intensive care unit. Outcomes are determined by patients' severity of illness, existing comorbidities and by processes of care delivered. The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation (CORE) manages a binational clinical registry to(More)
We report a case in which intensive care doctors and nurses became involved in the care of a young chimpanzee who required ventilation for pneumonia at Wellington Zoo, New Zealand. This required staff to work outside the usual protected environment of a hospital intensive care unit. The chimpanzee, Bahati, was ventilated for 3 days, replicating intensive(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this pilot audit study is to develop and test a model to examine existing adult patient database (APD) data quality. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH A database was created to audit 50 records per site to determine accuracy. The audited records were randomly selected from the calendar year 2004 and four sites participated in the pilot audit(More)