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Merkouris A.,Cyprus University of Technology | Andreadou A.,Cyprus University of Technology | Athini E.,Cyprus University of Technology | Hatzimbalasi M.,Cyprus University of Technology | And 2 more authors.
Health Science Journal | Year: 2013

questionnaire and the sample consisted of a random sample of 324 patients from 5 public hospitals in Cyprus with at least 3 days of hospitalisation. Results: The sample consisted of 159 medical (49.1%) and 165 surgical patients (50.9%), the majority of the sample were male (200 - 61.7%) and the mean age was 57.6 years (SD=17.8 years). Overall, patients showed enthusiasm with the medical care provided (Mean=3.97, SD=0.65, R=1- 5). Particularly, patients were more satisfied with the technical aspect of care (Mean=4.20, SD=0.62) and less satisfied with the provision of information (Mean=3.71, SD=0.92) and hospitalisation (Mean=3.84, SD=0.70) and most particularly with food and resting time. There was no statistically significant difference in relation to the department (medical or surgical), sex, age, educational level and residency. Conclusions: Nurses need to show greater amount of interest to the information-giving process and the autonomy of the patients. Additionally, an effort should be made to improve hospitalisation services. Evaluating patients' satisfaction should be constant so as to reformulate the baseline and to be able to assess interventions and changes in nursing care provision. Introduction: Patient satisfaction has become an established outcome indicator of the quality and the efficiency of the health care systems. Patient satisfaction with nursing is considered the most important factor in the moulding of the overall patient satisfaction with hospital services. Aim of the study: To assess medical and surgical patient satisfaction with nursing care in the public hospitals of Cyprus and explore its possible correlation with background factors. Methods: An exploratory, descriptive design, with face-to-face semi-structured interview was employed. Data were collected by using MPSS. Source

Pylarinos D.,University of Patras | Siderakis K.,Technological Institute of Crete | Pyrgioti E.,University of Patras | Thalassinakis E.,Public Power Corporation of Greece | Vitellas I.,Public Power Corporation of Greece
IET Conference Publications | Year: 2010

The performance of outdoor insulation is strongly correlated to surface electrical activity, experienced in service conditions. Leakage current is probably the optimum tool, in order to monitor the electrical phenomena experienced. Field monitoring offers a view of the actual phenomena experienced. Two are the main issues concerning the efficiency of a field monitoring system: the influence of noise and the accumulated data size. In this paper, a number of 4856 waveforms are investigated. The waveforms are recorded on porcelain and coated insulators in a 150kV coastal HV substation. The influence of field noise is investigated. Four techniques that can be hardware implemented are evaluated towards diminishing the noise and data size problems. The study objective is to incorporate the results in the development of an improved leakage current monitoring system, capable of operating in the field. Source

Kirkou S.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Tsourlos P.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Soupios P.,Technological Institute of Crete | Papadopoulos N.G.,IMS FORTH | Simiyrdanis K.,IMS FORTH
Near Surface Geoscience 2015 - 21st European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics | Year: 2015

We present a 4D geoelectrical time lapse experiment simulating the movement of olive oil mill wastes into a sequence of impermeable (fine sand) to permeable (medium sand) formations. Prior to the full experimental set-up a smaller scale test took place in a small experimental aquarium in order to simulate the movement of the saline tracer. The actual experiment involved a large (one cub. meter) tank instrumented with electrodes deployed in six vertical and two horizontal boreholes. A saline tracer was injected in to the saturated permeable medium and its movement was monitored by collecting 21 timelapse full 3D ERT data sets. Data were processed using a 4D inversion algorithm and the time lapse geoelectrical images captured the red dye tracer movement. The laboratory experiment confirmed that the 4D approach provided improved time-lapse monitoring of changes in a real system. The above model will be used to extract hydrogeological parameters and create a model of the saline tracer flow and evaluate the applicability of ERT monitoring in this context. © (2015) by the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE). Source

Papadakis N.,Technological Institute of Crete | Kefalas P.,Aristoteleio University of Thessalonica | Delidakis A.,University of Crete | Papadakis K.,University of Crete
International Journal of Computers and Applications | Year: 2012

Logic in computer science describes topics where logic is applied to the representation of knowledge and artificial intelligence, including digital circuit design, database systems, inference systems and more. The use of distributed systems, in solving logic problems, is an interesting and challenging topic in computer science, where algorithms of pruning network queries result in speeding up the resolution process. The current study suggests an implemented tool of a distributed peer-to-peer reasoning model, where local reasoning rules, with incomplete facts, are evaluated. This is achieved by sending queries of the needed facts to peers, using a protocol that relieves the network from unnecessary queries and queries that linger and circle around. Source

Patrona T.,Technological Institute of Crete
Mediterranean Studies | Year: 2012

This article discusses Louise DeSalvo's memoirs, Vertigo and Crazy in the Kitchen, examining DeSalvo's self-definition through ethnic cuisine. Specifically, this article explores the interrelationships among ethnic identification, culinary practice, and female self-representation within the context of DeSalvo's turbulent Italian American family. By shedding light on her painful experiences, DeSalvo projects a powerful ethnic female figure, one who is ultimately strengthened by the difficulties and challenges she has endured. © 2013 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Source

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