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See detailGuideline for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation.
Dunning, Joel; Nagendran, Myura; Alfieri, Ottavio R. et al

in European Journal of Cardio - Thoracic Surgery (2013), 44(5), 777-91

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and its prevalence is approximately 1-2% of the general population, but higher with increasing age and in patients with concomitant ... [more ▼]

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and its prevalence is approximately 1-2% of the general population, but higher with increasing age and in patients with concomitant heart disease. The Cox-maze III procedure was a groundbreaking development and remains the surgical intervention with the highest cure rate, but due to its technical difficulty alternative techniques have been developed to create the lesions sets. The field is fast moving and there are now multiple energy sources, multiple potential lesion sets and even multiple guidelines addressing the issues surrounding the surgical treatment of AF both for patients undergoing this concomitantly with other cardiac surgical procedures and also as stand-alone procedures either via sternotomy or via videothoracoscopic techniques. The aim of this document is to bring together all major guidelines in this area into one resource for clinicians interested in surgery for AF. Where we felt that guidance was lacking, we also reviewed the evidence and provided summaries in those areas. We conclude that AF surgery is an effective intervention for patients with all types of AF undergoing concomitant cardiac surgery to reduce the incidence of AF, as demonstrated in multiple randomized studies. There is some evidence that this translates into reduced stroke risk, reduced heart failure risk and longer survival. In addition, symptomatic patients with AF may be considered for surgery after failed catheter intervention or even as an alternative to catheter intervention where either catheter ablation is contraindicated or by patient choice. [less ▲]

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See detailGuideline on antiplatelet and anticoagulation management in cardiac surgery.
Dunning, Joel; Versteegh, Michel; Fabbri, Alessandro et al

in European Journal of Cardio - Thoracic Surgery (2008), 34(1), 73-92

This document presents a professional view of evidence-based recommendations around the issues of antiplatelet and anticoagulation management in cardiac surgery. It was prepared by the Audit and ... [more ▼]

This document presents a professional view of evidence-based recommendations around the issues of antiplatelet and anticoagulation management in cardiac surgery. It was prepared by the Audit and Guidelines Committee of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). We review the following topics: evidence for aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin cessation prior to cardiac surgery; perioperative interventions to reduce bleeding including the use of aprotinin and tranexamic acid; the use of thromboelastography to guide blood product usage; protamine reversal of heparin; the use of factor VIIa to control severe bleeding; anticoagulation after mechanical, tissue valve replacement and mitral valve repair; the use of antiplatelets and clopidogrel after cardiac surgery to improve graft patency and reduce thromboembolic complications and thromboprophylaxis in the postoperative period. This guideline is subject to continuous informal review, and when new evidence becomes available. The formal review date will be at 5 years from publication (September 2013). [less ▲]

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See detailGuidelines and Validation Issues in Pharmaceutical Analysis
Rozet, Eric ULg; Rudaz, S.

Conference (2010, June 16)

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See detailGuidelines for an integrated diagnostic approach of chronic lymphoproliferative disorders in the routine laboratory of haematology in Belgium.
Nollet, F.; Bakkus, M.; Meeus, P. et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2009), 64(6), 494-504

This paper summarizes the minimal workout of chronic lymphoproliferative disorders in a routine laboratory of haematology as recommended by a team of experienced laboratory supervisors in Belgium, taking ... [more ▼]

This paper summarizes the minimal workout of chronic lymphoproliferative disorders in a routine laboratory of haematology as recommended by a team of experienced laboratory supervisors in Belgium, taking into account the specific organisation of healthcare in Belgium, the innovations in the field of molecular analyses and related reimbursement. The starting point was essentially based upon clinical and/or haematological indications and it is emphasized that conclusions should be drawn in close dialogue with the clinician and experts in cytogenetics and histopathology. Reports made in the laboratory should be based upon an integration of cytomorphological, immunophenotypical and molecular data. These guidelines are not intended to be used as universal 'diagnostic pathways', but should be useful in developing local diagnostic pathways. It is well understood that this consensus, being valid anno 2009, may rapidly change with new technologies being introduced and new targets discovered. [less ▲]

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See detailGuidelines for authors of medical scientific manuscripts.
Detry, Olivier ULg; Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Van de Stadt, J.

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1996), 96(4), 140-3

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See detailGuidelines for brain radionuclide imaging - Perfusion Single Photon Computed Tomography (SPECT) using Tc-99m radiopharmaceuticals and brain metabolism Positron Emission Tomography (PET) using F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose
Vander Borght, T.; Laloux, P.; Maes, A. et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2001), 101(4), 196-209

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist nuclear medicine practitioners in recommending, performing, interpreting, and reporting the results of brain perfusion SPECT studies using Tc-99m ... [more ▼]

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist nuclear medicine practitioners in recommending, performing, interpreting, and reporting the results of brain perfusion SPECT studies using Tc-99m radiopharmaceuticals and brain metabolism PET studies using F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). These guidelines have been adapted and extended from those produced by the Society, of Nuclear Medicine (Juni et al., 1998) and the European Association of Nuclear Medicine by, a Belgian group of experts in the field trained in neurology and/or nuclear medicine. Some indications are not universally approved (e.g. brain death), but largely, supported by the literature. They, have been included in these guidelines in order to provide recommendations and a standardised protocol [less ▲]

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See detailGuidelines for clinical studies assessing the efficacy of drugs for the management of acute low back pain
Devogelaer, J. P.; Dreiser, R. L.; Abadie, Eric ULg et al

in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology (2003), 21(6, NOV-DEC), 691-694

In this paper we propose guidelines for clinical trials aimed at assessing the efficacy of drugs for acute non-specific low back pain (LBP) with or without radicular pain, preliminary to their approval ... [more ▼]

In this paper we propose guidelines for clinical trials aimed at assessing the efficacy of drugs for acute non-specific low back pain (LBP) with or without radicular pain, preliminary to their approval and registration. To this end, consensus statements were obtained from a group of experts in the fields of rheumatology, clinical medicine, public health and epidemiology. EBM resources were systematically used as references. [less ▲]

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See detailGuidelines for glucosinolate analysis in green tissues used for biofumigation
Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg; Iori, Renato; Leoni, Onofrio et al

in Agroindustria (2004), 3(3), 257-266

Over the last decade glucosinolates contained in different tissues of Brassicaceae and their breakdown products, especially isothiocyanates formed after myrosinase-catalyzed hydrolysis, have been ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade glucosinolates contained in different tissues of Brassicaceae and their breakdown products, especially isothiocyanates formed after myrosinase-catalyzed hydrolysis, have been considered not only important antitumoral compounds but also as interesting “biopesticides” for controlling soil borne pathogens. This is the reason why the identification and the quantitative determination of each individual glucosinolate contents in green tissues (leaves, roots, stem) are of great importance. The aim of this paper is to establish a joint protocol containing the guidelines to determine glucosinolate contents in fresh Brassicaceae tissues by HPLC of desulfo-glucosinolates. Some modifications of the ISO 9167-1 method, initially set up for evaluating rapeseed seeds, are proposed and discussed with the objective of optimizing and standardizing glucosinolate analysis in fresh tissues (leaves, roots or stems) of Brassicaceae. Collection, storage and preparation of fresh samples suitable to be analyzed are important steps during which it is necessary to avoid glucosinolate hydrolysis by the endogenous myrosinase-catalyzed reaction. The techniques of extraction and desulfatation of glucosinolates, the choice and purification of the internal standard, and the HPLC conditions (including the relative response factors) are also presented. The possibility of a convenient and simplified use of an alternative isocratic HPLC method for an accurate qualitative and quantitative determination of glucosinolates is also discussed and evaluated. The identification of desulfo-glucosinolates is performed by comparison of their retention times and UV spectra, and by GC-MS analysis of the compounds resulting from myrosinase-catalyzed hydrolysis of glucosinolates. The experience acquired in the field of the preparation of glucosinolate or desulfo-glucosinolate as chromatographic standards, using free and immobilized sulfatase is also presented. [less ▲]

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See detailGuidelines for newly diagnosed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and relapsed DLBCL
Verhoef, G.; Schroyens, W.; Bron, D. et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2013), 4 (2)

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See detailGuidelines for percutaneous coronary intervention by the Belgian Working Group on Invasive Cardiology
Legrand, Victor ULg; Wijns, W.; Vandenbranden, F. et al

in Acta Cardiologica (2003), 58(4), 341-348

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See detailGuidelines for quality improvement in cardiac surgery. The College of Cardiac Surgery : results of the 2007 survey.
De Smet, J. M.; Kolh, Philippe ULg; Van Kerrebroeck, Chr et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2008), 108(6), 638-44

Optimal delivery of health care is a common goal of individual physicians, professional organizations, hospital structures and governmental authorities. A growing concern has emerged from the public ... [more ▼]

Optimal delivery of health care is a common goal of individual physicians, professional organizations, hospital structures and governmental authorities. A growing concern has emerged from the public, media and third payer organizations concerning the quality of care and the amount of resources spending. In the United States, large databases, guidelines and performance evaluation have been elaborated by medical societies, particularly in the area of cardiac surgery. These tools are useful for improvement of patients' care, resources distribution, pay for performance and public and practitioners' awareness. The evaluation of quality is based on composite models combining structure, process and outcome indices. However, pitfalls such as patients' selection, and risk avoidance in order to improve results must been prevented by adjustment of the treated populations' risk factors by specific scores. The Belgian Health authorities have built a structure directed at delivery of care improvement based on "Care Programs", monitored by Colleges formed by delegates of professional organizations. The College of Cardiac Surgery has promoted several studies aimed at data collection and evaluation. In 2007, a survey was addressed to all the Belgian Cardiac surgeons to define their opinion as to the best indicators of care in their specialty. These results will serve to define further avenues of research. By maintaining the responsibility of care evaluation in the hands of the involved professionals, this kind of cooperation between governmental and physicians' organizations seems to serve the best interests of the public and the practitioners. [less ▲]

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See detailGuidelines for Seismic Vulnerability Reduction in the Urban Environment
Plumier, André ULg

Book published by IUSS Press (2007)

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See detailGuidelines for the design of braced frames with semi-rigid connections
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Maquoi, René ULg

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (1990), 16

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See detailGuidelines for the design of braced frames with semi-rigid connections.
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Maquoi, René ULg

in Proceedings of the International colloquium on stability of steel structures (1990)

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See detailGuidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure: executive summary (update 2005)
Swedberg, Karl; Cleland, John; Dargie, Henry et al

in Revista espanola de cardiologia (2005), 58(9), 1062-92

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See detailGuidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation: the Task Force for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
Camm, A John; Kirchhof, Paulus; Lip, Gregory Y H et al

in European Heart Journal (2010), 31(19), 2369-429

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See detailGuidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation: the Task Force for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
Camm, A John; Kirchhof, Paulus; Lip, Gregory Y H et al

in Europace : European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology : Journal of the Working Groups on Cardiac Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology (2010), 12(10), 1360-420

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