Rodney L. Thompson

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OBJECTIVE To determine whether selective decontamination of the digestive tract using oral and nonabsorbable antimicrobial agents and parenteral cefotaxime prevents infection in critically ill patients. DESIGN Randomized, controlled trial without blinding. SETTING Surgical trauma and medical intensive care units in a tertiary referral hospital. (More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the duration of shedding of influenza A virus detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and cell culture among patients hospitalized with influenza A virus infection. SETTING Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) hospitals that cater to both the community and referral populations. METHODS Patients 18 years old and older who were(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to develop a prognostic scoring system for the development of prosthetic joint infection (PJI) that could risk-stratify patients undergoing total hip (THA) or total knee (TKA) arthroplasties. DESIGN Previously reported case-control study. SETTING Tertiary referral care setting from 2001 through 2006. METHODS A(More)
In a prospective study, 91 patients with penicillin-sensitive infective endocarditis (IE) were treated for two weeks with intramuscular (IM) penicillin G procaine, 1.2 million units every six hours, plus streptomycin sulfate, 500 mg IM every 12 hours. Viridans streptococci were isolated from 70 patients (77%); 21 patients (23%) had Streptococcus bovis(More)
Recent reports suggest an increased incidence of abdominal tuberculosis in the United States, particularly in high-risk groups. The aim of this study was to review the spectrum of abdominal tuberculosis and its surgical management at a tertiary referral center in the United States. The medical records of patients treated for abdominal tuberculosis at our(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of our study was to determine the incidence of infectious complications of common ultrasound-guided procedures including fine-needle aspiration (FNA), drain placement, biopsy, pseudoaneurysm thrombin injection, thoracentesis, and paracentesis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The infection prevention and control (IPAC) committee at the Mayo(More)
The epidemiologic relatedness of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates is currently determined by analysis of chromosomal DNA restriction patterns by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). We have evaluated an alternative typing system (MicroSeq StaphTrack Kit; Perkin-Elmer Biosystems) based on the sequence analysis of the(More)
We compared the performance characteristics of a real-time PCR method, the LightCycler vanA/vanB detection assay (Roche Diagnostics Corporation, Indianapolis, Ind.) to that of Enterococcosel agar (BBL, Sparks, Md.) for direct detection of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) from 894 perianal stool swabs. For 421 of 894 swabs, the result for LightCycler(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the rate of infection of de novo, guidewire exchanged, and new site replacement catheters in a cohort of patients in whom catheters were changed on the basis of the clinical discretion of the attending physicians. DESIGN We conducted an observational cohort study in catheterized patients in the intensive-care unit (ICU). MATERIAL(More)
PURPOSE The hospital rules-based system (HRBS) and its subsystems at a major medical center are described. SUMMARY The HRBS was implemented at the Mayo Clinic to rapidly identify and communicate crucial information to the clinician in order to optimize patient care. The system also enhances workload efficiency and improves documentation and communication.(More)