Roberto Frontini

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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)
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 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)
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 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)
BACKGROUND Imparting knowledge and practical skills in hazardous drug handling in nursing students' education is essential to prevent hazardous exposure and to preserve nurses' health. OBJECTIVES This study aimed at comparing routine nursing education with an additional innovative teaching session. DESIGN A prospective controlled study in nursing(More)
OBJECTIVE Which effects has the interdisciplinary collaboration including pharmacists and psychologists in depressive patients? METHODS In a 3-arm (each N = 10) randomized pilot study, we compared SC (standard care by specialized physicians in a tertiary care center) with SC + pharmaceutical medication management and SC + psychological counselling in(More)
The objective of the PHAR-QA (Quality assurance in European pharmacy education and training) project was to investigate how competence-based learning could be applied to a healthcare, sectoral profession such as pharmacy. This is the first study on evaluation of competences from the pharmacists' perspective using an improved Delphi method with a large(More)