Roberto Frontini

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Since anticonvulsants such as valproate or oxcarbazepine have quite a disadvantageous profile of possible adverse drug events (ADEs), safer alternatives are being sought. The newer anticonvulsant levetiracetam is often considered advantageous. We performed a chart review of children and adolescents aged from 0.5 to 16.9 years, who had been started on an(More)
BACKGROUND Anticonvulsants require special consideration particularly at the interface from hospital to ambulatory care. PATIENTS AND METHOD Observational study for 6 months with prospectively enrolled consecutive patients in a neuropediatric ward of a university hospital (age 0-<18 years) with long-term therapy of at least one anticonvulsant. Assessment(More)
OBJECTIVE We performed a retrospective chart analysis in neonates routinely treated with levetiracetam (LEV) in a university setting. Patients and Methods We assessed clinical characteristics of the included neonates. Documented LEV doses and the duration of treatment were evaluated. To assess LEV effectiveness, we compared the need of any additional(More)
A suspension comprising of the three antibiotic substances amphotericin B, colistin sulfate and tobramycin sulfate is often used in clinical practice for the selective decontamination of the digestive tract of patients in intensive care. Since no detailed procedures, specifications or stability data are available for manufacturing this suspension, there may(More)
BACKGROUND The acronym LASA (look-alike sound-alike) denotes the problem of confusing similar- looking and/or sounding drugs accidentally. The most common causes of medication error jeopardizing patient safety are LASA as well as high workload. CASE PRESENTATION A critical incident report of medication errors of opioids for postoperative analgesia by(More)
BACKGROUND Medication errors and subsequent drug-related problems (DRPs) result from lack of sufficient information during the prescribing step. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the contribution of having a pharmacist participate in clinical routine on a surgical unit by studying DRPs, and the classification of DRPs in the Pharmaceutical Care(More)
BACKGROUND The effectiveness of inhaled salbutamol in routine care depends particularly on prescribed dosage and applied inhalation technique. To achieve maximum effectiveness and to prevent drug-related problems, prescription and administration need to work in concert. METHODS We performed a controlled intervention pilot study with 4 consecutive groups(More)
Background Uncontrolled pain reduces quality of life, delays recovery from surgery and can potentially contribute to the development of chronic pain. Strategies to improve pain management are desirable in view of these detrimental outcomes, yet frequently they are predominately medically based despite nurses playing key roles in pain assessment and(More)
In tertiary care, computerized physician order entries may improve performance, cross-linking, and documentation when prescribing drugs. A clinical decision support integrated in these systems is discussed to prevent additional medication errors. For an optimal performance, the implementation into the clinical information systems is required to gain access(More)