Lege Artis Medicinae

[Quality assurance in healthcare institutions]


JANUARY 29, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(01)

[The title, the content and the use of words here and there in the following communication will certainly sound new to many. It is a managerial issue: quality - in the everyday life of professionals in the healing profession. Health, sickness, pain, suffering and death, although they depend on many circumstances, are, above all, the work of health care and health education. Health managers, health workers and insurance companies seem to be discovering a new common theme: the need for quality. The interesting thing is that almost everyone agrees, and quality in health care is a challenge everywhere and at all times.]



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[The use of BCG immunotherapeutic for the treatment of superficial bladder cancer (carcinoma in situ and papillary tumor)]


[BCG Immunotherapeutic (BCG IT) is the first immunomodulator to be licenced in Canada, Germany and the United States for the use in the treatment of carcinoma of the urinary bladder. The product licence was granted following the conduct of a well designed efficacy study. The study was multicente red, independent and controlled with well defined end points and a long follow up period. The results clearly shows that BCG immunotherapy is significantly more effective than Adriamycin chemotherapy. There is no evidence to suggest a difference in severity of toxicities between BCG and Adriamycin treatment groups.]

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[Transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography in aortic dissection]


[ The severe prognosis of aortic dissection can only be improved by early diagnosis. The role of echocardiography was assessed. Echocardiographic findings were analysed in 32 patients in whom aortic dissection was confirmed by other methods between September 1984 and July 1991. In 19 of them only transthoracic echo (TTE), in 13 patients both TTE and transesophageal echo (TEE) was performed. Control group consisted of 21 patients in whom the clinical suspicion of dissection was ruled out. The DeBakey classification was used. Among 14 acute and 18 chronic cases type I was confirmed in 9, type II in 15 and type III in 8. The sensitivity of clinical suspicion, TTE, TEE and angiography was 34, 72, 92, 94% resp. TEE correctly identified the types, entry and reentry sites, false lumen and left coronary ostium. TTE was valuable in the detection of complications and of etiologic factors of dissection. Hypertension (12) and Marfan's syndrome (7) were the leading etiologic factors. As previously has been reported in the diagnosis of aortic dissection TEE was a safe and reliable technique. It was superior to TTE and was as correct as angiography. The combined use of TTE and TEE is recommended in each case of clinically suspected dissection. The importance of the echocardiographic detection of cardiac complications and etiologic factors is emphasized in the management and prevention.]

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[Oral symptoms in the early diagnosis of leukaemias]


[Diseases of the haemopoetic system are often preceeded and/or accompanied by clinical changes in the oral cavity, which, as first signs of the disease, might be of important diagnostic value. Primary oral findings are characteristic mainly of acute leukaemias, such as haemorrhagies, petechias, ecchymoses, ulcera, gingival hy pertrophy, painful gingiva, tooth mobility, candidiasis, herpes simplex infection, lymph node enlargements. Oral manifestations of chronic leukaemia may also arouse the suspicion of a haemopoetic disease. Applied cytostatic therapy might aggravate the condition of oral manifestations. ]

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[Peritoneal dyalisis in hungary]


[Traditional intermittent peritoneal dialysis in patients with chronic uremia lasts for 8 to 10 hours three times a week. In 1976 Popovich et al. outlined the principle of CAPD (Continu ous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis), a technique giving good results in the removal of water and toxic substances. The procedure is used in 19 000 patients in US and in 9600 patients in Europe. In early 1991 the technical conditions and the number of patients receiving peritoneal dialysis were surveyed in the Hungarian nephrological and dialysing units. Not only the number of patients with chronic uraemia (those undergoing dialysis + transplantation) is lower in this country as compared to the European average (106 versus, 236 per million people, respectively) but the distribution of patients according to the type of treatment they receive is also different. In Hungary intermittent peritoneal dialysis has been used in more than 10% of the cases for several years whereas the number of those receiving continuous peritoneal dialysis has been under 2%. (In Europe < 2% and 4–43%, respectively). The survey also included the types of solution, desinfection and connecting devices used in peritoneal dialysis, as well as the incidence of peritonitis and the administration of antibiotics . The principles of biocompatibility, the function of interleukin as well as the effectiveness and the conditions of home treatment are summarized. ]

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[Hungarian professional periodicals started quite late in European context. Their publish­ing, editing and editorial philosophy were equally influenced by specific historical and political situations. Certain breaking points of history resulted in termina­tion of professional journals (War of In­de­pendence 1848-1849, First and Se­cond World Wars), however there were pe­riods, which instigated the progress of sciences and founding of new scientific journals. Both trends were apparent in years after the fall of former Hungarian regime in 1990. The structure of book and journal publishing has changed substantially, some publishers fell “victim” others started successfully as well. The latters include the then-established publishing house Literatura Medica and its own scientific journal, Lege Artis Me­di­cinae (according to its subtitle: New Hun­garian Medical Herald) issued first in 1990. Its appearance enhanced significantly the medical press market. Its scientific publications compete with articles of the well-established domestic medical journals however its philosophy set brand-new trends on the market. Concerning the medical community, it takes on its problems and provides a forum for them. These problems are emerging questions in health care, economy and prevention, in close interrelation with system of public health institutions, infrastructure and situation of those providing individual health services. In all of them, Lege Artis Medicinae follows consequently the ideas of traditional social medicine.]

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