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Prevalence of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Surgical Wards of the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, Trinidad and Tobago

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.311
Pages: 
57-9
Synopsis: 
The prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the surgical wards of the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, Trinidad and Tobago, was found to be 39.5%. Risk factors included the age range of 60–69 years, patients with co-morbidities, hospital stays of over one week, previous surgery and prior use of antibiotics.

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Objective: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is associated with soft tissue infections in surgical patients. In severe cases, it may result in pneumonia, septicaemia and osteomyelitis. Limited data are available with regard to its prevalence and associations in the Caribbean. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of MRSA in patients hospitalized in the surgical wards of the Port-of-Spain General Hospital (POSGH), Trinidad and Tobago, and determine associated risk factors.

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22 Aug, 2016
Accepted: 
26 Sep, 2016
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e-Published: 26 Oct, 2016

A Cross-sectional Study of Patients’ Satisfaction with Dental Care Facilities: A Survey of Adult Treatment at the University of the West Indies, School of Dentistry

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.197
Pages: 
490–8
Synopsis: 
The levels of satisfaction with the dental care at The University of the West Indies School of Dentistry were measured using the dental satisfaction questionnaire developed by Davies and Ware (1982). High levels of overall satisfaction with dental care were found at this facility.
ABSTRACT
 
Objectives: To determine the level of satisfaction with adult dental care at The University of the West Indies (UWI), School of Dentistry, using the Dental Satisfaction Questionnaire (DSQ) developed by Davies and Ware (1982) and to inferentially explore the factors associated with various patients’ demographics.
Accepted: 
12 Feb, 2014
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e-Published: 10 Jun, 2014

Knowledge, Attitude and Beliefs of Undergraduate Medical and Dental Students towards Dental Treatment during Pregnancy

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.218
Synopsis: 
This study provides data on the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of pre-clinical, undergraduate dental and medical students on pregnancy and oral health. The data emphasises the need to educate all preclinical students on dental health and pregnancy correlations.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of undergraduate pre-clinical medical and dental students; at the University of the West Indies, towards dental treatment during pregnancy.

Accepted: 
15 Jun, 2016
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e-Published: 29 Jun, 2016

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Collaboration and Research as Key Elements for Strengthening Blood Donation in Developing Nations: The Case of Grenada, West Indies

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.011
Pages: 
48–55
Synopsis: 
This study used collaboration and research as the means to explore ways to increase the number of voluntary blood donors among college students and as the vehicle to educate students, raise their awareness, and address blood shortages in developing countries.

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Objective: The purpose of the study was to identify ways to strengthen the collaboration between the Grenadian Blood Bank, the St George’s University (SGU) chapter of the American Medical Students Association, and St George’s University Health Clinic in order to improve the promotion of blood drives and
increase the number of volunteer donors.

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e-Published: 09 Apr, 2013

Comparison of Ultrasonographic Estimated Fetal Weight and Actual Birthweight Performed by Residents in Training at the University Hospital of the West Indies

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.265
Synopsis: 
There is good correlation between residents’ ultrasonographic estimation and actual birthweight at the University Hospital of the West Indies. The difference in correlation between senior and junior residents was insignificant.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the correlation of ultrasonographic estimation of fetal weight and actual birthweight and the impact of the level of resident’s training on the results.

Accepted: 
12 Feb, 2013
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e-Published: 18 Feb, 2014

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In the pre-published stage, this manuscript may contain statements, opinions, and information that have errors in facts, figures, or interpretation. Any final changes in this manuscript will be made at the time of publication and will be reflected in the final electronic version of the issue. The editors and authors and their respective employees are not responsible or liable for the use of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or information contained in the articles in this section.

Contraception and Induced Abortion in the West Indies: A Review

Issue: 
DOI: 
564–70
Synopsis: 
This literature review about contraception and induced abortion in the West Indies shows quite a modest track of scientific records, poor knowledge of contraception, high estimated number of induced abortion and missing research on prevalence of abortion. Most islands have restrictive laws on abortion.

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Background: Most islands in the West Indies do not have liberal laws on abortion, nor laws on pregnancy prevention programmes (contraception). We present results of a literature review about the attitude of healthcare providers and women toward (emergency) contraception and induced abortion, prevalence, methods and juridical aspects of induced abortion and prevention policies.

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e-Published: 05 Feb, 2014

Pre-published Manuscript

This manuscript has been assigned to a volume and issue but has not yet been published. It is either being edited, typeset or is in the proof stage of publication.
In the pre-published stage, this manuscript may contain statements, opinions, and information that have errors in facts, figures, or interpretation. Any final changes in this manuscript will be made at the time of publication and will be reflected in the final electronic version of the issue. The editors and authors and their respective employees are not responsible or liable for the use of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or information contained in the articles in this section.

A Preliminary Investigation of Periodontal Disease and Diabetes in Trinidad

Issue: 
Pages: 
86–90
Synopsis: 
A preliminary report on the dental evaluation of diabetic patients suggests that periodontal disease may be quite prevalent in diabetic patients in Trinidad. Collaborative patient care between medical and dental practitioners should form part of the routine management of diabetic patients.

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Objectives: To describe periodontal disease status in diabetic patients in Trinidad.

Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted. Patients attending a tertiary referral centre for diabetes at an out-patient clinic were invited to undergo oral examinations. The basic periodontal examination (BPE) was used to assess periodontal disease status.

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e-Published: 17 Oct, 2013
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