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Prosthetic aortic graft infections represent a major diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Although a combination of clinical assessment, imaging and microbiological investigations is usually helpful, there are no agreed criteria to confirm a diagnosis. Potential pathogens isolated from superficial specimens may be misleading but influence the choice of(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether pamidronate disodium can reduce vitamin D3-induced hypercalcemia in dogs and whether combination treatment with calcitonin is more effective than treatment with pamidronate alone. ANIMALS 20 clinically normal male Beagles. PROCEDURE All dogs were given 8 mg of cholecalciferol (CCF)/kg of body weight once orally, then were(More)
Gemella species, including Gemella morbillorum, are part of the normal flora of the human oropharynx, upper respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract. Differentiation of Gemella from viridans streptococci in the laboratory may be difficult. Although uncommonly pathogenic, they have been implicated in a variety of human infections, most notably infective(More)
Five OXA-48-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae were detected in a tertiary referral hospital in Ireland between March and June 2011. They were found in the clinical isolates of five cases that were inpatients on general surgical wards. None of the cases had received healthcare at a facility outside of Ireland in the previous 12 months. This is the first report(More)
Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (BSI) are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in haemodialysis patients. This study describes a 12-year retrospective review of S. aureus BSI in a large haemodialysis centre in a tertiary referral hospital. The overall rate of S. aureus BSI was 17.9 per 100 patient-years (range 9.7-36.8). The rate of(More)
Although extensively pursued, the real respiratory neurons have remained elusive. We departed from the more conventional physiologic and morphologic methods of system and tissue examination and cultured dissociated fetal rat cells from the areas of the nucleus ambiguus and the nucleus tractus solitarius located within the 2 mm rostral to the obex.(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical microbiology team observed that patients were not receiving all prescribed doses of vancomycin. Ward staff was confused about ordering and interpreting vancomycin therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) levels. AIM To audit the incidence of vancomycin dose omission. To implement a series of interventions to improve vancomycin dose(More)