Valeria E. Rac

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OBJECTIVE To determine whether the application of occlusive wrap applied immediately after birth will reduce mortality in very preterm infants. STUDY DESIGN This was a prospective randomized controlled trial of infants born 24 0/7 to 27 6/7 weeks' gestation who were assigned randomly to occlusive wrap or no wrap. The primary outcome was all cause(More)
BACKGROUND The rate and effect of coronary interventions and induced hypothermia after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are unknown. We measured the association of early (≤24h after arrival) coronary angiography, reperfusion, and induced hypothermia with favorable outcome after OHCA. METHODS We performed a secondary analysis of a multicenter clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Despite research demonstrating the potential effectiveness of Telehomecare for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure, broad-scale comprehensive evaluations are lacking. This article discusses the qualitative component of a mixed-method program evaluation of Telehomecare in Ontario, Canada. The objective of the(More)
BACKGROUND The concept of early health technology assessment, discussed well over a decade, has now been collaboratively implemented by industry, government, and academia to select and expedite the development of emerging technologies that may address the needs of patients and health systems. Early economic evaluation is essential to assess the value of(More)
BACKGROUND Novel biomarkers of myocardial ischemia and inflammatory processes have the potential to improve diagnostic accuracy of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) within a shorter time interval after symptom onset. OBJECTIVE The objective was to review the recent literature and evaluate the evidence for use of novel biomarkers in diagnosing ACS in patients(More)
Multidisciplinary team approach is an essential component of evidence-based wound management in the community. The objective of this study was to identify and describe community-based multidisciplinary wound care teams in Ontario. For the study, a working definition of a multidisciplinary wound care team was developed, and a two-phase field evaluation was(More)
Meloxicam (MEL), a cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitor, decreases prostaglandin production and blocks preterm labor in sheep. The objective of this study is to investigate MEL dosage regimens on COX-1, COX-2, and prostaglandin dehydrogenase (PGDH) expression in ovine intrauterine and fetal tissues. Animals in preterm labor received maternal infusions of saline(More)
OBJECTIVE Preterm birth occurs in 5% to 10% of all pregnancies and is associated with considerable neonatal mortality and morbidity. Effective and safe drugs to prevent preterm labor are not currently available. We have hypothesized that the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug meloxicam, a more selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor will successfully inhibit(More)