Bozidar Krstulović

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The aim of this investigation was to evaluate the role of ultrasonography in avoiding cranial misplacement of the tracheostomy tube and tracheal ring fractures during percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT). The tracheas of 26 consecutive ICU patients who had undergone PDT but who later died were removed en bloc at autopsy. The tracheas were opened(More)
STUDY DESIGN A prospective, randomized study. OBJECTIVES To compare the incidence of perioperative and early postoperative complications of surgical tracheostomy (ST) vs. ultrasound-guided percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT) in patients with anterior cervical spine fixation (ACSF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The patients with ACSF after acute(More)
AIM To evaluate effectiveness and quality of care in a single intensive care unit (ICU) by the Simplified Acute Physiology Score II (SAPS II). METHODS A prospective study included 395 patients from the ICU at Rijeka University Hospital, Croatia. The sum of the SAPS II points was used for calculating predicted mortality for each patient. The observed death(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate in war casualties with acute penetrating head injury whether the summed War Head Injury Score (WHIS) is a better predictor of mortality than either the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score or the Injury Severity Score (ISS) alone and to establish its specific applicability. METHODS Sensitivity, specificity, correct outcome prediction, and(More)
In the last few years numerous reports from intensive care units confirm that a nonsurgical percutaneous tracheostomy has successfully replaced elective conventional (surgical) tracheostomy. The majority of authors point out the advantages over surgical technique such as: the speed of procedure, the possibility of doing it at bedside thus excluding(More)