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Although neonatal intensive care units are known to be expensive, much of what happens inside such units in managed care organizations is not known. One reason for this lack of knowledge is that existing database systems were not designed to capture information in modern critical care units. This article describes the development of a dedicated outcomes(More)
BACKGROUND There is evidence that altered blood coagulation and fibrinolysis are involved in the pathogenesis of asthma. Increased thromboembolic risk has been reported in asthmatics. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether enhanced thrombin generation and impaired fibrinolysis occur in asthmatics. METHODS Plasma thrombin generation profile together with a(More)
BACKGROUND Measurement of the severity of illness is a research area of growing importance in neonatal intensive care. Most severity of illness scales have been developed in tertiary care settings. Their applicability in community neonatal intensive care units has not been tested. OBJECTIVES Our goal was to assess the operational characteristics of the(More)
To obtain a thrombin generation (TG) curve from the conversion of added fluorogenic substrate, thrombin concentrations are to be derived from the observed velocity of increase of fluorescence (dF/dt). The relation between velocity and thrombin concentration varies during the experiment because substrate is consumed and because fluorescence is not linear(More)
BACKGROUND The generation of thrombin in time is the combined effect of the processes of prothrombin conversion and thrombin inactivation. Measurement of prothrombin consumption used to provide valuable information on hemostatic disorders, but is no longer used, due to its elaborate nature. OBJECTIVES Because thrombin generation (TG) curves are easily(More)
Physical exercise is recommended for a healthy lifestyle. Strenuous exercise, however, may trigger the haemostatic system, increasing the risk of vascular thrombotic events and the incidence of primary cardiac arrest. Our goal was to study the effects of strenuous exercise on risk factors of cardiovascular disease. Blood was collected from 92 healthy(More)
OBJECTIVE Platelets are increasingly implicated in processes beyond hemostasis and thrombosis, such as vascular remodeling. Members of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family not only remodel the extracellular matrix but also modulate platelet function. Here, we made a systematic comparison of the roles of MMP family members in acute thrombus formation(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of the recombinant acellular pertussis-diphtheria-tetanus (aPDT) vaccine (C-aPDT, Chiron/Biocine). STUDY DESIGN This is a randomized blinded trial evaluating the safety and immunogenicity of the recombinant aPDT vaccine (C-aPDT, Chiron/Biocine) in 2000 infant recipients compared with 498 controls who(More)
Cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is associated with blood loss and post-surgery thrombotic complications. The process of thrombin generation is disturbed during surgery with CPB because of haemodilution, coagulation factor consumption and heparin administration. We aimed to investigate the changes in thrombin generation during cardiac(More)