Anders Ersson

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INTRODUCTION The diagnosis of acute lung injury (ALI) may be more robust if more accurate physiological markers can be identified. Extravascular lung water (EVLW) is one possible marker, and it has been shown to correlate with respiratory function and mortality in patients with sepsis. Whether EVLW confers diagnostic value in a general population with(More)
Emergency medicine service (EMS) systems in the five Nordic countries have more similarities than differences. One similarity is the involvement of anaesthesiologists as pre-hospital physicians and their strong participation for all critically ill and injured patients in-hospital. Discrepancies do exist, however, especially within the ground and air(More)
BACKGROUND Myocardial dysfunction occurs commonly in septic shock. It is not known whether this is due to local ischaemia and metabolic disturbances. Our hypothesis was that endotoxaemic myocardial dysfunction may be associated with interstitial ischaemic and metabolic changes, measured using interstitial microdialysis (MD). METHODS Eighteen pigs were(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the role of CD40L in abdominal sepsis. BACKGROUND Platelets promote sepsis-induced pulmonary recruitment of neutrophils. However, the identity of the platelet-derived molecule regulating neutrophil infiltration is not known. The hypothesis of the present study was that platelet-derived CD40L might be responsible for platelet-mediated(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To describe and compare the extent and application of patients' diaries in Sweden. BACKGROUND Since 1991, patient diaries have been used in intensive care unit (ICU) follow-up in Sweden. There is paucity of relevant data evaluating the effect of this tool and also on what premises patients are enrolled. Likewise, data are sparse on the(More)
Intravascular gas has earlier been shown to activate leukocytes and platelets, enhance cell adhesion, and promote secretion of vasoactive substances from platelets. Since decompression is known to release gas bubbles in the bloodstream, the present study was undertaken to investigate the effect of a standardized decompression trauma on inflammatory(More)
INTRODUCTION Assessing left ventricular (LV) systolic function in a rapid and reliable way can be challenging in the critically ill patient. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and reliability of, as well as the association between, commonly used LV systolic parameters, by using serial transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). METHODS(More)
The study aimed to investigate the effects of a five-day tactile touch intervention in order to find new and unconventional measures to moderate the detrimental influence of patients' stressors during intensive care. The hypothesis was that tactile touch would decrease stress indicators such as anxiety, glucose metabolism, blood pressure, heart rate and(More)
During the extrication process the trauma victim is at high risk for additional injuries or aggravation of existing lesions. Improper handling during extrication with poor concern and knowledge of the ongoing resuscitation process may increase the time spent at the scene and expose the patient to unnecessary risks. Earlier studies report a significant(More)
BACKGROUND Studies have shown a decreasing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) incidence after prophylactic interventions bundles. The use of closed suction systems (CSS) has been suggested beneficial as a prophylactic measure. AIM To investigate the effects of a CSS on VAP incidence, suction circuit contamination and adverse events (AEs) compared to an(More)