T. T. Buss

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STUDY OBJECTIVE To compare the demographics, presenting signs and symptoms, morbidity, and mortality of emergency department patients with drug screen results positive for benzoylecgonine ester (BE; a cocaine metabolite) and those positive for BE and alcohol. METHODS We carried out a retrospective cohort study, in a university-affiliated community(More)
As healthcare enters the age of technology and Internet access, new challenges emerge, particularly with respect to the protection of patient privacy and the protection of highly sensitive and life-critical information. By bringing state-of-the-art security technology to the healthcare domain, PCASSO is setting a new standard in healthcare protection and(More)
Pain is one of the most frequent and most distressing symptoms in the course of cancer. The management of pain in cancer patients is based on the concept of the World Health Organization (WHO) analgesic ladder and was recently updated with the EAPC (European Association for Palliative Care) recommendations. Cancer pain may be relieved effectively with(More)
Traditionally focusing on terminally ill cancer patients, palliative care services have recently attempted to involve patients with other chronic, life - threatening diseases, e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this group of patients both quality of life and life expectancy is poor. Unfortunately, patients with COPD don't receive adequate(More)
Anxiety is an unpleasant emotion affecting patients with cancer, and there are various ways of coping with it. Little is known about the relationship between the anxiety level and physical, somatic or spiritual (e.g. religiousness) factors in breast cancer patients at different stages of the disease. The purpose of the study was to assess the intensity of(More)
The impact of both endogenous and exogenous opioids on the endocrine system has been known for many years. With the increased use of opioids in chronic pain treatment, the research focuses mainly on their effects on the endocrine system in patients with chronic non-malignant pain. Despite the wide dissemination of cancer, there has been little research on(More)
The study was focused on the influence of the kinesitherapy on fatigue and the quality of life in the terminal hospice cancer patients. Forty-nine patients were included into the study and divided into experimental group A (with kinesitherapy) with 30 subjects and control group B (without kinesitherapy) with 19 subjects. Patients from group A did the(More)
The increasing rate of the idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI) has been observed for the last decade. The aim of this report was to analyse the allergic component of the disease in particular relation to drug intolerance. Six patients with diagnosed IEI showed a positive skin test reaction to several commonly used antibiotics, nonsteroidal(More)
The spinal cord was transected in adult New Zealand White rabbits anaesthetized with urethane plus chloralose. The level of transection was in the mid-cervical region. The animals were than ventilated mechanically and the arterial blood pressure was maintained with an intravenous infusion of noradrenaline solution. Stimulation of the hypothalamus 1-2 mm(More)
In the last few years many researches have emerged in which quality of life of terminally ill patients has been a main focus of attention. Some evaluation methods have been used in elderly population too. Our paper presents results of a study concerning the problem of QL of patients in the terminal state in institutional care for elderly people. The(More)