Vanna Valpondi

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AIM To determine the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related symptoms in a population of intensive care unit (ICU) admitted patients and the relationship between PTSD-related symptoms and memories of ICU. METHODS Adults consecutively admitted to an ICU of a University hospital during 1 year, who stayed in the ICU at least 3 days, were(More)
Background: In order to identify relevant targets for change, it is essential to know the reliability of incident staff reporting. The aim of this study is to compare the incidence and type of unintended events (UE) reported by facilitated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff with those recorded concurrently by an observer. Methods: The study is a prospective(More)
INTRODUCTION The aims of the present study were to assess patients' memories of their stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) over time, using the Italian version of the ICU Memory (ICUM) tool, and to examine the relationship between memory and duration of ICU stay and infection. PATIENTS AND METHOD Adult patients consecutively admitted to a four-bed ICU of(More)
In order to evaluate the possible relationships among hormonal status, physical activity and bone density, we carried out a study on two groups of female athletes engaged in different levels of physical activity. We measured the following hormones: luteinizing hormone (LH), folliculo-stimulating hormone (FSH), 17-beta-oestradiol (E2), progesterone (PRG),(More)
Objective: To validate two severity scoring systems, the Simplified Acute Physiology Score (SAPS II) and Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE II), in a single-center ICU population. Design and setting: Prospective data collection in a two four-bed multidisciplinary ICUs of a teaching hospital. Patients and methods: Data were collected in(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the changes in atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) levels before and after menopause and to test whether they depend on age or are an integral part of the hormonal changes in menopause. We measured plasma ANP, plasma renin activity (PRA), plasma aldosterone, serum estradiol-17 beta and progesterone concentrations in 103(More)
The normal ranges and mathematical equations of bone mineral content (BMC), normalized to radial width (BMC/W) vs. age at the distal radius, were obtained by single photon absorptiometry (SPA), and compared in two different normal populations, one of postmenopausal females and the other of control males. The female population included 1359 postmenopausal(More)
Bone lesions are the main sign of neoplastic proliferation of multiple myeloma (MM), a disseminated malignant disease which originates in, invades and replaces normal bone marrow. The most characteristic radiographic pattern is a focal lytic lesion, well-defined or "punched-out", generally with no surrounding bone reaction. The association is confirmed(More)
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