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[Experiences in the first year of the new hospital funding - changes hoped for and those that have actually happened]

NAGY Júlia, KÁROLYI Zsuzsanna, LADÁNYI Pál

DECEMBER 28, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(12)

[As of 1 July 1993, the new hospital financing system in Hungary, the active inpatient care, introduced a performance-based accounting system according to DRGs instead of the previously used resource allocation based on predetermined input budgets using simple planning methods. The efficiency and the fundamental impact of the new hospital financing on the quality of the health care system and patient care cannot be dissociated from the characteristics of other areas of the health care system. The basic regulatory effect is the structure of the health service delivery system, the role of each provider in patient care and the extent of the responsibility that this role entails. ]

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[AIDS represents the most exciting infectious disease of the last 15 years. In addition to the fact that there are more than 4 million estimated AIDS patients and more than 16 million estimated HIV-infected individuals this can be explained by the peculiar features of the disease, including limited routes of infection, long latency period, a quasi 100% lethality, diversity of the clinical picture, difficulties in therapy and vaccination, the theoretically 100% possibility of prevention and the serious social problems associated with AIDS. After giving a short review of the development of our knowledge about AIDS, the author to explains the special features of AIDS mentioned above on the basis of the structure, regulation and replication cycle of the virus. The primary conclusion is that education and prevention should be stressed in the battle against AIDS.]

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[Ischaemic infarction accounts for 85% of stroke aetiology (1). Approximately 60-70% of these are of cerebrovascular, i.e. carotid arteriosclerosis, origin (2). The proportion of cardiogenic embolism was previously estimated at 15% (1), but autopsy data suggest that embolism is the cause of half of fatal strokes (3). There are two reasons for this large discrepancy: 1) the intracardiac source is difficult to identify in vivo; 2) cardiogenic embolism has a more severe outcome than stroke of other origin. Probably both are true, but there is no doubt that before the introduction of transesophageal echocardiography (TE), the detection of intracardiac sources was rare and uncertain.]

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MARINKO M Biljan, CHARLES A Hart, DEBORAH Sunderland, PAUL R Manasse, CHARLES R Kingsland

[In the 19th century, the usual dress of doctors was a small bow tie tied in a flat knot "once round" in addition to a stiff standing collar (1). As fashions have changed, the wearing of bow ties has become less common and is now worn almost exclusively by a small minority of obstetricians, who often claim that they are more hygienic than the traditional tie in the delivery room, which is contaminated with blood and amniotic fluid. There is currently no evidence for this. We therefore examined the contamination of traditional and bow ties worn by obstetricians during a typical working week. ]

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[The clinical and laboratory parameters which correlate with the intensity of the inflammatory process in ulcerative colitis patients were analyzed in this study. The severity of the inflammatory process was assessed with leukocytescinti graphy by colorectal segments using a scoring method in 36 patients (group A). The sum of the segmental scores were considered to represent the intensity of the inflammatory process and were compared with clinical and laboratory parameters. From among the 36 patients, acute ulcerative colitis was established with biopsy in 30 cases. Two toxic patients were not tested and four patients had inactive disease. In 20 (16 acute, 4 inactive) of 36 patients, the intensity of the inflammatory process was assessed by segments with score values of biopsy samples and leukocyte scintigraphy (group B). The sum of the score values was used to determine the correlation of the two methods. The intensity of the inflammatory process assessed by scintigraphy showed a good correlation (r = 0.6564, p = 0.0016) with histological findings (group B), as well as with the ESR (r = 0.6398), serum fibrinogen (r = 0.5424), alfa2 globulin level (r = 0.4721), number of bloody stools (r = 0.4605), and the thrombocyte count (r = 0,4594) in group A. Five clinical and laboratory parameters proved to be suitable to assess the actual severity of the inflammatory process in ulcerative colitis. The values of the parameters may help to choose the right examination in new cases and to evaluate the efficacy of the therapy. ]

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