Barbara Cortinovis

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BACKGROUND The aim of our study was to assess the effect of periodic hyperinflations (sighs) during pressure support ventilation (PSV) on lung volume, gas exchange, and respiratory pattern in patients with early acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS Thirteen patients undergoing PSV were enrolled. The study comprised 3 steps: baseline 1,(More)
OBJECTIVE It is commonly assumed that lung volume at zero end-expiratory pressure (functional residual capacity) is not affected by positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) even in presence of alveolar recruitment, and it is often ignored when measuring lung recruitment by pressure-volume curves. Aim of the study was to investigate the effect of PEEP on(More)
INTRODUCTION Severe mixed β-blocker and calcium channel blocker intoxication presents a significant risk for patient mortality. Although treatment is well-established, it sporadically fails to support the patient through massive overdoses, thus requiring non-conventional treatments. We report the use of extra-corporeal life support in a patient with(More)
Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a lifesaving treatment in patients with cardiogenic shock or cardiac arrest caused by massive pulmonary embolism. In these patients, positioning an inferior vena cava filter is often advisable, especially if deep venous thrombosis is not resolved at the time of the ECMO suspension. Moreover, in(More)
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