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Primary External Ventricular Drains in the Management of Open Myelomeningocele Repairs in the Neonatal Setting in Ireland

Finnegan et al report that external ventricular drains (EVDs) were inserted in 19 cases in a series of 143 infants with an open myelomeningocoele. The EVDs were used to aid wound closure and as a temporary method of CSF drainage. The median period of insertion was 8 days.

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Prescribing of Proton Pump Inhibitors in an Irish General Practice

O’Mahony and Yelverton report that among 2080 items prescribed for 568 patients, 20% was for proton pump inhibitors. Patients had been commenced on PPIs in 40% of cases without a clear indication. Their use in the majority of cases was prolonged beyond 1 year.Finnegan et al report that external ventricular drains (EVDs) were inserted in 19 cases in a series of 143 infants with an open myelomeningocoele. The EVDs were used to aid wound closure and as a temporary method of CSF drainage. The median period of insertion was 8 days.

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Doctor-Patient Communication in an Outpatient Setting

Mulligan et al report on a survey questionnaire distributed to 84 gynaecological patients. 85% felt that they listened to and that their opinion was taken into account. 84% felt that the doctor’s body language was appropriate. On the negative side 33% of women waited for over 1 hour and over 30% did not receive the contact details of the clinical nurse specialist.

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