Petya Fitzpatrick

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OBJECTIVE We have developed and analyzed a large surgical prophylaxis database and now report the factors significantly associated with early infection, readmission due to infection, and death within 28 days of surgery. This study is intended to be a stepping-stone for further studies using our clinical database. DESIGN AND SETTING A computerized database(More)
BACKGROUND People with intellectual disability are at risk of poor hospital experiences and outcomes. The aims were to conduct a content and quality review of research into the acute hospital experiences of both people with intellectual disabilities and their carers, and to identify research gaps. METHOD A systematic search was conducted of primary(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify the rate of baby walker use, parental attitudes, and associated injuries. DESIGN Parents of babies attending clinics for developmental assessment were surveyed by self administered questionnaire about their use, attitudes, and history of injuries associated with walkers. SETTING Dublin, Ireland. SUBJECTS Parents of 158 babies.(More)
BACKGROUND The relationship between prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS) and latitude may be due to both genetic and environmental factors. The hypothesis that, in Ireland, MS prevalence is increasing and that north-south differences relate to variation in serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels was tested in this study. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients(More)
This paper reports on a research trial designed to evaluate the benefits of a health mentoring programme supported with a web and mobile phone based self-monitoring application for enhancing self-efficacy for self-management skills and quality of life for people with CF. This randomised, single-blind controlled trial evaluated two strategies designed to(More)
The properties and physiological effects of three currently FDA-approved thrombolytic agents, streptokinase (SK), tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), and anisoylated plasminogen activator complex (APSAC) are reviewed. All thrombolytic agents have been shown to reduce mortality postmyocardial infarction (MI). Comparative trials have failed to demonstrate a(More)
BACKGROUND Internationally, many children with asthma are not attaining achievable asthma control. AIMS To examine the prevalence of asthma in teenagers in four midland counties, their asthma control and the barriers, if any, to gaining control of asthma. METHODOLOGY International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Children (ISAAC) methodology was used in(More)
In 1993, several departments at Millard Fillmore Health System joined efforts to initiate a new approach to infection control. The main emphasis of this program is to move infection control to a real-time mode to manage patient outcomes daily. The principal objective was to decrease the number of nosocomial infections by 10%, with a particular emphasis on(More)