Tuesday, February 28, 2006

QuapoS 3: Quality Standard for oncology pharmacy services

If you are searching for a textbook with quality standards for oncology pharmacy services, ESOP - European Society of Oncology Pharmacy - http://www.esop.li/index.html is the place where you have to search.

QuapoS, developed by German oncology pharmacists in both hospital and public pharmacies as members of the DGOP (German Society for Oncology Pharmacy), is the textbook you need, and you can download it from the link


Quapos3 has been translated in many languages and you can download the .pdf you prefer.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Science Fiction is a reality!

The great authors of our childhood, Isaac Asimov, Arthur Clarke, Philip Dick, Ray Bradbury, Olaf Stapledon were right! The feature is not far away, the feature is here, yesterday!

TWISTER project is to support the development and widespread adoption of bi-directional satellite broadband services combined with wireless (WiFi) local networks to achieve a seamless broadband coverage in rural areas.


This is the website of Hygeianet, the project for connection all the Hospitals, Health centers and Medical offices all around the Crete island.

Beam me up, Scotty!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The H5N1 virus at the Heart of Europe

As announced by the German authorities, the supplementary tests performed on the two dead swans found in the Baltic confirmed that they had been infected by the deadly H5N1 virus. At the same time, cases of the virus were located in dead poultry in Austria and Romania, as well as two swans in southern Italy.

Furthermore, the results of the tests performed on three dead swans in southern Hungary, after samples were sent to London, were positive to the deadly virus strain. In the meantime, Iran announced its first case of the deadly avian flu virus close to the Caspian Sea, while in Indonesia, a 19-year-old male who had been infected by the disease passed away.

The EU veterinary committee, which is convening in Brussels today, is expected to decide on drastic measures to deal with avian flu in the EU countries. The measures will include culling all poultry of any kind and destroying their eggs even if only one case is detected. In addition, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre are hoping to develop an experimental vaccine against avian flu.

ERT http://www.ert.gr/
Vagelis Theodorou http://news.ert.gr/en/newsDetails.asp?id=15166
Translated by Vicky Ghionis

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Managing Resistant Nosocomial Infections: Bringing New Treatment Options to Light

Medscape.com http://www.Medscape.com delivered in their website the following presentations as a service to pharmacists and other health professionals. It’s a great lesson for continuing education for pharmacists. Here are the details:

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Managing Resistant Nosocomial Infections: Bringing New Treatment Options to Light CME/CE
David L. Paterson, MD, PhD; Robert A. Weinstein, MD; Susan J. Rehm, MD

Release Date: December 29, 2005; Valid for credit through December 29, 2006
Credits Available

Pharmacists - up to 2.0 ACPE continuing education credits for pharmacists (0.2 CEUs)

This CME activity is based on transcripts and slides of presentations as delivered by the faculty at the "Managing Resistant Nosocomial Infections: Bringing New Treatment Options to Light" symposium held at the San Francisco Marriott in San Francisco, CA on October 6, 2005.

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1. The Evolution of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Hospital Setting: Unveiling the Patterns
by David L. Paterson, MD, PhD
Epidemiology of Antimicrobial Resistance
Community-Acquired Infection: Will It Change Empiric Prescribing Patterns?
Gram-Negative Bacilli: Resistance Patterns
Community-Acquired Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases
Carbapenemase-Producing Klebsiella
Treating Hospital-Acquired Panresistance

2. Infection Control Measures: Meeting the Challenges of Compliance and Containment
by Robert A. Weinstein, MD
Nosocomial Pathogens and Reaching Safety Goals
Hand Hygiene and Other Preventions
Isolation, Contact Precautions, and the Environment
Antibiotic Utilization and Effectiveness
Device-Related Infections
Improving Host Defenses

3. What's on the Horizon? Advances in the Treatment of Infections Due to Resistant Healthcare-Associated Pathogens
by Susan J. Rehm, MD
Increasing Antimicrobial Resistance and Few New Drugs
Current Antimicrobials: Activity and Resistance
New Antimicrobials in the Pipeline: A Cephalosporin, a Carbapenem, a Quinolone
New Antimicrobials in the Pipeline: Glycopeptides
A New Antibiotic in a New Class of Antimicrobials: Tigecycline, a Glycylcycline
Tigecycline Clinical Trial Results

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