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We undertook this investigation to assess alterations in shear-mediated platelet function during cardiac surgery and to determine the potential for the PFA-100 to predict post-operative bleeding. Platelet aggregation and PFA-100 closure times were determined in 18 adult patients at five intervals during cardiac surgery. Associations between post-operative… (More)
BACKGROUND To test the hypothesis that leukocyte-mediated immunosuppression may contribute to postoperative infections after blood transfusions, we compared the incidence of postoperative infections in patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery who received either leukocyte-depleted (LD-RBCC) or non-LD transfusions of red blood… (More)
We report the anaesthetic management of a child with Prader-Willi syndrome and mitochondrial myopathy for open heart surgery. We used ketamine, fentanyl, rocuronium and caudal morphine together with a propofol infusion with no untoward effects. The implications of both conditions for anaesthesia are discussed.
We demonstrated previously that atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) enhances reflex bradycardia to intravenous serotonin [5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)] (von Bezold-Jarisch reflex) in rats. To determine whether 1) ANP affects this cardiopulmonary vagal reflex in another species and 2) B-type (BNP) and C-type (CNP) natriuretic peptides share with ANP the ability… (More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of perioperative transfusion of platelets and fresh frozen plasma (FFP) on infection rates after cardiac surgery. DESIGN Retrospective study comparing infection rates after cardiac surgery among patients receiving combinations of packed red blood cells (PRBCs), platelets, and FFP. SETTING… (More)