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Dr. Nicholas Ferrentino Md

111 Colchester Ave Fahc, Mchv Campus, Acc 5Th Floor
Burlington VT 05401
802 472-2554
Medical School: Other - Unknown
Accepts Medicare: No
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License #: 0420009319
NPI: 1336249077
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Frequency of inappropriate continuation of acid suppressive therapy after discharge in patients who began therapy in the surgical intensive care unit. - Pharmacotherapy
To determine the frequency with which patients who begin to receive stress ulcer prophylaxis in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) are discharged receiving inappropriate acid suppressive therapy (AST).Prospective, observational evaluation. Setting. Level 1 trauma center and academic tertiary care hospital.A total of 248 consecutive adult patients admitted to the SICU during a 6-month period who began to receive AST with a proton pump inhibitor or histamine(2)-receptor antagonist.In most patients (237 [95.6%] of 248), initiation of AST was associated with one or more risk factors for gastrointestinal bleeding. Continuation of AST during hospitalization outside the SICU occurred in 215 patients (86.7%). Sixty patients (24.2%) were discharged from the hospital receiving AST: 52 patients (21.0%) went to skilled nursing facilities or rehabilitation centers, and eight (3.2%) were discharged home. Compared with those whose AST was discontinued in the hospital, patients who continued to receive AST after hospital discharge required extended mechanical ventilation (p=0.001), had twice as many risk factors for gastrointestinal bleeding (p<0.001), were frequently discharged with anticoagulant therapy (p<0.001), exhibited longer hospital and SICU stays (p<0.001), and more frequently demonstrated Glasgow Coma Scale scores of 8 or lower and/or had head injury (p<0.001), hepatic failure (p=0.004), and major trauma (p=0.049). Evaluation of continuation of AST during hospitalization revealed that only 7.4% (16/215) of patients at SICU transfer and 5.0% (3/60) of patients at hospital discharge had a compelling risk factor to continue AST as demonstrated by a coagulopathy at discharge; no patients required mechanical ventilation at hospital discharge.Most patients inappropriately continued to receive stress ulcer prophylaxis during post-SICU hospitalization. Presence of risk factors for stress ulcer-related gastrointestinal bleeding at SICU admission appears to influence continuation of AST after discharge from the hospital. A low percentage (3.2%) of patients was discharged home receiving inappropriate AST, yet overall, few study patients demonstrated a compelling risk factor for continuation of AST.
Peginterferon alfa-2b and ribavirin for treatment-refractory chronic hepatitis C. - Journal of hepatology
Treatment regimens with pegylated interferons have yielded improved response rates, compared with conventional interferon-based regimens, for chronic hepatitis C. However, little is known about the utility of such regimens for individuals who failed to respond to prior conventional interferon-based treatment.182 patients who had previously failed to eliminate circulating hepatitis C virus 24 weeks after completion of a multi-week course of either interferon monotherapy or interferon in combination with ribavirin were treated with peginterferon alfa-2b weekly and ribavirin daily for 48 weeks.The sustained viral response, was 20% (23/116) in previous non-responders and 55% (36/66) in previous relapsers (P<0.001). In previous non-responders, the sustained viral response in those with viral genotype 1 was 17% (19/109) compared to 57% (4/7) in those with genotypes 2 and 3 (P=0.03). In previous relapsers, the sustained viral response in those with viral genotype 1 was 53% (26/49) compared to 59% (10/17) with genotypes 2 and 3 (P=0.78).The response to pegylated interferon and ribavirin in previous non-responders with genotypes 2 and 3 and in prior relapsers with chronic hepatitis C is comparable to overall sustained viral response rates seen in previously untreated patients.

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