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March 1983

Bacterial Infections-Reply

Author Affiliations

Orange, Calif

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(3):612. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350030226051

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In Reply.  —Our article represented a retrospective study of bacterial infections recorded in the medical records and postmortem reports of a group of patients with injured spinal cords and end-stage renal disease who were treated with long-term dialysis.Dr Alday was involved in the nephrologic care of some of the patients described in our study, and she performed in an outstanding manner. We, therefore, acknowledged her services in the article and in several other articles pertaining to this patient population as an expression of our gratitude for her exemplary performance.We wish to indicate that the reported occurrence of various infections in no way reflects on her treatment of these patients. In fact, while urinary tract infections were invariably present and bedsores were common, the incidence of blood access infection and peritonitis were remarkably low during Dr Alday's directorship of the unit. This was primarily due to her meticulous care

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