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Cultures of blood drawn through indwelling intravascular venous and arterial cannulas were compared with those of blood drawn simultaneously by percutaneous venipuncture. In 92% of 174 comparisons, the results were identical. Cultures of blood drawn through indwelling intravascular catheters are as reliable as those of percutaneously obtained samples. In(More)
After closed reduction and casting of a tibial fracture in a 69-year-old diabetic man, a gangrenous lesion developed under the cast. Cultures of debrided tissue revealed multiple bacteria, including Bacillus sp, plus two fungi, Fusarium sp and a zygomycete identified as Cunninghamella bertholletiae. Large nonseptate hyphae in thrombosed blood vessels(More)
The serum half-life of tobramycin was found to be the same as that of gentamicin in patients with similar renal function. The values ranged from 2 hr in normal volunteers to 53.4 hr in anephric patients. Both drugs were readily removed from the serum by the Kiil artificial kidney, with a 70% reduction in serum concentrations during a 12-hr dialysis period.
This study was designed to determine if lidocaine inhibited growth of Blastomyces dermatitidis and thereby reduced recovery of the fungus from bronchoscopy specimens. Case records of 36 patients with pulmonary blastomycosis showed that when the fungus was present at microscopy, whether the specimen was sputum or bronchial washings, culture of the(More)
During a 3 1/2-year period (January 1978 through June 1981), 245 patients in a university hospital became colonized or infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. During the first 18 months, the incidence of colonization and infection was only 0.05%. After a focal outbreak of methicillin-resistant S aureus in the burn unit, acquisition of the(More)