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Toska A.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Saridi M.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Wozniak G.,University of Thessaly | Souliotis K.,University of Peloponnese | And 2 more authors.
American Journal of Infection Control | Year: 2012

Seasonal influenza has become a serious public health problem worldwide, and vaccination is recognized as the most effective preventative measure. However, data suggest that influenza vaccination rates are generally low among health care workers. The present study showed that the vaccination rates for influenza among nurses are 21.2%. © 2012 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Saridi M.I.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Rekleiti M.D.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Toska A.G.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Souliotis K.,University of Peloponnese
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention | Year: 2014

Introduction: Numerous countries have launched campaigns regarding sun protection in the last decades. Aim: The aim of the present study was to assess an intervention program aimed at higher knowledge and healthier attitudes regarding sun protection. Materials and Methods: The sample consisted of 4,133 students aged 8-12 years from a single Greek province. Results: In most items, knowledge levels after the intervention were found to be higher than those before (2.8±0.9 vs 3.3±0.9), while knowledge about sun protection factors seems to have had the highest improvement (27.1% vs 56.6%). However, student attitudes did not appear to improve, with the exception of applying sunscreen with a higher SPF (29.7% vs 54.8%). Girls seemed to have healthier attitudes compared to boys, but gender played no role with regard to knowledge levels. Also, place of residence did not play any role regarding knowledge levels, although those living in semi-urban areas seemed to have more unhealthy attitudes. Logistic regression by correlating knowledge and attitudes established that higher knowledge levels are usually accompanied by healthier attitudes, albeit marginally. Conclusions: The intervention had a positive contribution to the student knowledge level regarding sun protection and also led to small improvements regarding some attitudes. Continuous similar interventions could lead to better results and the adoption of healthier attitudes.


Stamatakos M.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Fyllos A.,General Hospital of Karditsa | Siafogianni A.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Ntzeros K.,General Hospital of Korinthos | And 3 more authors.
Journal of B.U.ON. | Year: 2014

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is an uncommon malignant mesenchymal tumor. The incidence of DFSP is 0.1% of all cancers and less than 2% of all soft tissue sarcomas (STS). It can appear at any age, most commonly in individuals aged between 20 and 50 years. The usual location of DFSP is the trunk and it is limited to the dermis. Wide radical excision is the preferred surgical method for therapy of DFSP without distant metastasis. The probability of regional or distant metastases is less than 5%. Patients with positive or close surgical margins have an elevated risk of local recurrence after resection. Adjuvant radiotherapy administered either before or after the surgical treatment reduces the risk of local recurrence. dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, positive margins, radiotherapy, soft tissue tumor.


Kalargirou A.A.,Technological Educational Institute of Athens | Beloukas A.I.,Technological Educational Institute of Athens | Kosma A.G.,Technological Educational Institute of Athens | Nanou C.I.,Technological Educational Institute of Athens | And 2 more authors.
Blood Transfusion | Year: 2014

Background. Blood supplies in Greece are insufficient to meet the high transfusion needs arising from car accidents and treatment of thalassaemia. This study was designed to determine Greeks' opinions about blood donation, in order to identify the reasons for the lack of motivation to donate and allow experts to establish better recruitment campaigns for the enrichment of the donor pool, based on our findings. Materials and methods. The opinions of randomly selected Greek citizens (n=800) about volunteer blood donation were assessed by means of a standardised, anonymous questionnaire. The results were analysed using the χ2 test and Spearman's correlation coefficient. Results. With regards to attitudes towards intention to donate, only 7.1% were indifferent, while 88.0% of the individuals believed that donating blood was an "offer". Reasons for not donating mainly involved safety (36.0%) and fear (24.0%), whereas need (77.9%) was the most fundamental positive motivation. Of the people enrolled in the present study, 10.0% were active donors, 31.3% occasional donors, 15.0% rare donors and 36.6% non-donors. Discussion. The considerable percentages of occasional and rare donors in comparison with the low proportion of active donors in the Greek donor pool indicates that "need" is a more important motivation for blood donation than altruism in Greece. These results could be useful for establishing advertising campaigns on blood donation and for a more direct approach to the population, aiming for a change in mentality in favour of active blood donation. © SIMTI Servizi Srl.


PubMed | General Hospital, University of Peloponnese and General Hospital of Korinthos
Type: Journal Article | Journal: British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing) | Year: 2016

The aim of this study was to investigate the use of alcohol in health professionals during the economic crisis in Greece. The sample included 579 health professionals. Despite the fact that alcohol consumption was low and women held more negative views on the effectiveness of its use compared to men, they consumed more than men both in quantity (mean 1.57 vs 1.46, p=0.291) and in frequency (mean 1.98 vs 1.73, p=0.132). Employees with a higher level of education expressed more opposition to the use of alcohol than those with a basic level of education (93.5% vs 66.7%, p=0.004). There was a significant positive correlation between the amount of alcohol consumed after a stressful event and the frequency with which this amount of alcohol consumption occurred in workers.


Kyriazis I.,General Hospital Asclepeion Voulas | Rekleiti M.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Saridi M.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Beliotis E.,Asklipieion Voulas General Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Archives of Medical Science | Year: 2012

Introduction: During the last two decades, obesity has proved to be one of the most important problems of public health, and it is considerably more frequent in developed countries, not only in adults, but in children, too. The aim of the current study is to evaluate the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children. Material and methods: Two thousand three hundred and seventy-four pupils in primary education were considered for the study (1206 boys and 1168 girls). Results: In the population-based study, the proportion of overweight children was 23.9%, of obese children 7.3%, and of those with central obesity 35.5%. The boys were obese in a higher percentage than the girls (9.2% vs. 5.3%, p < 0.05). The obesity rates were gradually reduced as the children were growing older. The nutritional habits which were identified to have a positive association with obesity were the following: skipping breakfast, not consuming fruits and vegetables, and consuming bread and soft drinks. Children's healthy nutrition in school was related to lower rates of generalised and central obesity, while the hours spent watching TV were positively associated with all types of obesity. Conclusions: Results from the study suggest that a high proportion of children are overweight or obese. Therefore, it is important to adhere to a healthy lifestyle which emphasizes healthy food choices and habits, regular physical activity, and limiting screen time. Copyright © 2012 Termedia & Banach.


Wozniak G.,University of Thessaly | Toska A.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Saridi M.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Mouzas O.,University of Thessaly
Medical Science Monitor | Year: 2011

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of drug widely used for treatment of mood disorders, including depression and cardiovascular disease. A search for related articles in the PubMed database was attempted. It covered studies, reports, reviews and editorials of the last 5 years. Pro-infammatory cytokines, such as TNF-α, IL-1 and IL-6, stimulate central serotonin (5-HT) neu-rotransmission and are over-expressed in depression, which has been linked with hypothalamic-pi-tuitary-adrenal axis (HPA) hyperactivity. They have also been implicated in the pathogenesis and progression of other stress-induced disorders, like myocardial infarction (MI) and coronary heart disease (CHD), as they seem to modulate cardiovascular function by a variety of mechanisms. Biological mechanisms like these may explain the link between depression and CHD. There are a variety of environmental factors as well as genetic factors that might infuence the pharmacoge-netics of antidepressant drugs. New generation selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepres-sants (SSRIs) causing a reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality may be related to serotonin platelet abnormalities in depressed patients that are effectively treated by SSRIs. SSRIs such as fuoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline and citalopram are not only considered to be free from the cardiotoxicity of their predecessors but also to function as safe and effcacious agents against depression, platelet activation, atherosclerosis and development and prognosis of coronary heart disease. However, there is a need for more studies in order to establish the exact biochemical mechanisms that are responsible for these diseases and the immunoregulatory effects of chronic use of SSRI medications. © Med Sci Monit.


Saridi M.,University of Peloponnese | Karra A.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Souliotis K.,University of Peloponnese
Archives of Hellenic Medicine | Year: 2016

OBJECTIVE Evaluation of work related stress in those employed in health care occupations in Korinthia. METHOD The study was conducted in the primary and secondary health care services in Korinthia. The response rate among the health care professionals was 87.7% and the final study sample consisted of 579 employees. Data were collected using anonymous questionnaires. Processing and analysis of the data were carried out using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), version 17.0 and statistical significance was set at p<0.05. RESULTS The majority of respondents were employed in a hospital (80.8%) and occupied in the surgical (50.2%) and internal medicine (21.2%) departments. The main stress factors related to working conditions were reported to be the heavy workload (57.5%), adverse working conditions (51.9%) and rotating shifts (44.5%). Approximately one in two employees believed that the economic crisis affects their performance at work, making it the main cause of stress at work (48.2%). Older employees (51–60 years) reported more often stress factors related to the environment (mean: 2.90, SD: 0.831) and the economic crisis (mean: 4.05, SD: 1.117). Employees with the highest level of education (MD/PhD) reported the highest rate of intensity in stress factors related to working conditions (mean: 3.32, SD: 0.882), functionality (mean: 2.94, SD 0.629) and the environment (mean: 2.94, SD: 0.929). CONCLUSIONS Health care employees reported high levels of work related stress due to factors linked with working conditions, functionality, the work environment, effectiveness and the economic crisis. An association was found with demographic characteristics, including gender, age, socioeconomic status, speciality and place of employment. Health care is a field in which the state should intervene to reduce stress by improving the infrastructure and providing encouragement for the workforce. © Athens Medical Society.


Pappas S.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Maragoudakis P.,Rimini Street | Vlastarakos P.,Lister Hospital | Assimakopoulos D.,Rimini Street | And 3 more authors.
European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology | Year: 2011

The choice between surgical (ST) and percutaneous tracheostomy (PT) is not often based on evidence. The aim is to evaluate the quality of evidence in published articles comparing the two methods. A MEDLINE search was done. From 298 articles found, 37 fulfilled the inclusion criteria and 35 were further analyzed. No study was based on type I evidence, 13 (37%) represented type II, in 1 (3%) a clear-cut definition between type II or III was not possible and 21 (60%) represented type III or IV evidence. Taking into account the complication rate of the 13 type II evidence studies, 7 are in favor of PT and 3 in favor of ST. The majority of studies comparing PT with ST are of type III or IV level of evidence. Even if only type II studies are analyzed, outcomes are controversial. Any claims by clinicians in favor of a particular treatment are still debatable. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


Kyriazis I.,Asclepeion Voulas General Hospital | Rekliti M.,General Hospital of Korinthos | Saridi M.,General Hospital of Korinthos
Archives of Hellenic Medicine | Year: 2010

OBJECTIVE The childhood obesity rate has increased dramatically in both developed and developing countries. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and correlates of overweight and obesity in children. METHOD The study population consisted of 2,374 pupils (1,206 boys and 1,168 girls) of primary schools in an urban area of Attiki. A standardized anonymous questionnaire, approved by the Greek Ministry of Education, was used. RESULTS In this population-based study, the rate of overweight children was 23.9%, and of obese children 7.3%, and the rate of central obesity was 35.5%. The boys were obese in a higher percentage than the girls (9.2% vs 5.3%, p<0.05), but there were no differences between the genders for central obesity (36.6% vs 34.3%, p=0.48). The obesity rates gradually became lower as the children grew older. This decrease appeared to be positively related to an increase in physical activity. The nutritional habits which were identified to have a positive association with obesity were the following: Skipping breakfast; not consuming fruits and vegetables; consuming bread and soft drinks. The frequency of eating at fast-food restaurants was positively associated with central obesity. Healthy nutrition at school was related to lower rates of generalised and central obesity, while the hours spent watching TV were positively associated with all types of obesity. CONCLUSIONS The rate of children found overweight or obese is high and the rate of obesity was higher in boys in all age groups. Overall, a significant positive association was found between the BMI of children and both frequent consumption of convenience food and long hours spent watching TV. © Athens Medical Society.

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