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Dynamics of Antibiotic Usage in the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies

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159–64
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A cross-sectional, analytical study of antibiotic usage patterns at the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies was conducted on consecutive admissions between July and December 2007. Areas for improvement identified included attention to appropriate prophylactic antibiotic use and duration of courses, and use of de-escalation.

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Objective: To determine antibiotic usage patterns in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

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e-Published: 02 Oct, 2013

Interdisciplinary Communication in the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies

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656–61
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A cross-sectional survey of medical staff in the Intensive Care Unit, the University Hospital of the West Indies regarding interdisciplinary communication was conducted in January 2008. Communication between staff members was unsatisfactory, with differing perceptions between physicians and nurses. There were lower levels of openness reported by nurses (32%) compared to physicians (73%). There was an overall poor perception of leadership within the unit.

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Objective: To assess the perceptions of physicians and nurses working full-time in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) regarding interdisciplinary communication.

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e-Published: 15 Oct, 2013

The Prevalence of Seat Belt Use in Kingston, Jamaica: A Follow-up Observational Study Five Years after the Introduction of Legislation

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327–9
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An observational cross-sectional study of seatbelt utilization conducted in Kingston, Jamaica, showed 81.2% utilization by private motor vehicle drivers and 74.0%, by front seat passengers. This was significantly improved compared to 21.1% and 13.6% respectively in 1996, before the introduction of legislation in 1999 (p < 0.001). Females were significantly more likely than males to wear seat belts, both when driving (92.5% vs 77.3%; p < 0.001) and as front seat passengers (79.9% vs 66.3%; p < 0 001).

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e-Published: 17 Jun, 2013

The Development of Anaesthetic Services in Jamaica

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73–5
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Formal training in the administration of anaesthesia was instituted on the recognition that dedicated physicians/ nurses offered a better morbidity/mortality profile to patients. Much progress has been made since the turn of the 20th century, in keeping with international standards.


“No nation, no race can face the future with confidence unless it knows what it is capable of. This is the function of history”. Charles Finch III.

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e-Published: 19 Aug, 2013

The Development of Postgraduate Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Training at the University of the West Indies

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463–6
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The majority of graduates of the DM (Anaesthesia and Intensive Care), nurse anaesthetists and post-basic intensive care unit (ICU) nursing programmes have remained in the Caribbean and are providing invaluable services to its people. Some have become lecturers and are training future trainers.

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e-Published: 21 Aug, 2013
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