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[Additions to the History of the White Coat ]

MAGYAR László András1

JUNE 01, 2015

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2015;25(04-05)


  1. Semmelweis Orvostörténeti Múzeum, Könyvtár és Levéltár



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[Analysis of long term care of elderly people in residential social institutions ]


[OBJECTIVES - The aim of our study is to analyse the institutional long term social care of elderly in Hungary. DATA AND METHODS - Data were derived from the following sources: Social Sector Information System, Regional Development and Planning Information System, and the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. The analysis covered the period 2001-2012. We analysed the number of operating beds in residential social institutions (pieces) and number of residents (clients) in residential social institutions. RESULTS - Between 2001-2012 the number of available operating beds in residential social institutions increased by 28.56%, from 42658 to 54840. The number of residents (clients) in residential social institutions increased between 2001-2005 by 3% annually, while since 2007 the rate of growth decreased due to the capacity regulation. The bed occupancy rate was 97.51% in 2001, and then between 2002 and 2007 it stabilized between 96.26%-96.87%. In 2008 it decreased to 93.44%, then after a continuous increase it exceeded the 95%. CONCLUSIONS - During the survey period, the bed capacities and the number of clients in residential social institutions showed an increasing tendency under high occupancy rate.]

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[Physician and Science 4. Medical Knowledge – As Seen from Mars ]


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[Succesful 1,5 years long fulvestrant therapy in metastatic breast cancer]

MEZEI Klára, KÓRÓDINÉ Karászi Katalin

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[Use of surgical checklists to improve the patient safety]


[In the millennium working groups were formed in several countries to create and implement control- or checklists to reduce the mortality rate and complications during surgical care. The research revealed that the use of checklists improved patient safety, reduced mortality and complication rate, and several additional positive effects were identified. The checklists improved teamwork and the communication in the surgery team. The starting financial and time costs of using checklist are low, and the maintaining costs are minimal. On the other hand, checklists result significant financial savings. These savings primarily are the costs of malpractice lawsuits and the costs of treatment complications. To ensure patient safety multiple checklists were developed. By the literature data three checklists are the most detailed and widely used: the World Health Organiza­tion’s checklist, the Universal Protocol and the Surgical Patient Safety System. Common characteristics are that they significantly reduce the complications and the mortality rate, improve patient safety, teamwork and communication. The main differences are in the using and timing. In this publication we present the most typical and used checklists, their advantages and possible disadvantages, and finally we give an overview of the examples of the Hungarian experience.]

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[Role of roflumilast in chronic obstructive lung disease]

NAGY László Béla

[The phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor roflumilast supresses the function of a range of inflammatory cells and mediators contributing in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). This article reviews the current status of roflumilast, focusing on the pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety. Phase III clinical trials have demonstrated that roflumilast reduces exacerbation frequency with accompanying improvements in lung function. This effect appeared to be the greatest in the phenotypes of patients who have frequent acute exacerbations, or/and whose characteristic feature is chronic bronchitis. It can presumably also reduce systemic inflammation. Such effect has not been documented in COPD yet. It is generally well tolerated, but the most common adverse effects include diarrhea, nausea, and headaches. Roflumilast is a promising drug as a supplementary therapy when symptoms are not adequately controlled by conventional COPD therapy.]

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[What happens to vertiginous population after emission from the Emergency Department?]

MAIHOUB Stefani, MOLNÁR András, CSIKÓS András, KANIZSAI Péter, TAMÁS László, SZIRMAI Ágnes

[Background – Dizziness is one of the most frequent complaints when a patient is searching for medical care and resolution. This can be a problematic presentation in the emergency department, both from a diagnostic and a management standpoint. Purpose – The aim of our study is to clarify what happens to patients after leaving the emergency department. Methods – 879 patients were examined at the Semmel­weis University Emergency Department with vertigo and dizziness. We sent a questionnaire to these patients and we had 308 completed papers back (110 male, 198 female patients, mean age 61.8 ± 12.31 SD), which we further analyzed. Results – Based on the emergency department diagnosis we had the following results: central vestibular lesion (n = 71), dizziness or giddiness (n = 64) and BPPV (n = 51) were among the most frequent diagnosis. Clarification of the final post-examination diagnosis took several days (28.8%), and weeks (24.2%). It was also noticed that 24.02% of this population never received a proper diagnosis. Among the population only 80 patients (25.8%) got proper diagnosis of their complaints, which was supported by qualitative statistical analysis (Cohen Kappa test) result (κ = 0.560). Discussion – The correlation between our emergency department diagnosis and final diagnosis given to patients is low, a phenomenon that is also observable in other countries. Therefore, patient follow-up is an important issue, including the importance of neurotology and possibly neurological examination. Conclusion – Emergency diagnosis of vertigo is a great challenge, but despite of difficulties the targeted and quick case history and exact examination can evaluate the central or peripheral cause of the balance disorder. Therefore, to prevent declination of the quality of life the importance of further investigation is high.]

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Autonomic nervous system may be affected after carpal tunnel syndrome surgery: A possible mechanism for persistence of symptoms after surgery

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After carpal tunnel surgery, some patients report complaints such as edema, pain, and numbness. Purpose – The aim of this study was to evaluate autonomic nervous system function in patients with a history of carpal tunnel surgery using sympathetic skin response (SSR). Thirty three patients (55 ±10 years old) with a history of unilateral operation for carpal tunnel syndrome were included in the study. The SSR test was performed for both hands. Both upper extremities median and ulnar nerve conduction results were recorded. A reduced amplitude (p=0.006) and delayed latency (p<0.0001) were detected in the SSR test on the operated side compared to contralateral side. There was no correlation between SSR and carpal tunnel syndrome severity. Although complex regional pain syndrome does not develop in patients after carpal tunnel surgery, some of the complaints may be caused by effects on the autonomic nervous system.

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