Caroline Duracher

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BACKGROUND Traumatic brain injury is a public health problem around the world, and recognition of systemic sources of secondary brain lesions is crucial to improve outcome. OBJECTIVE To identify the main predictors of mortality and to propose a grading scale to measure the risk of death. METHODS This retrospective study was based on medical records of(More)
OBJECTIVE To report daily practice of scene emergency tracheal intubation performed by physicians and changes induced by implementation of national guidelines, with special attention to rapid sequence induction (RSI) and control of assisted ventilation. DESIGN Observational study. SETTING Pediatric intensive care unit of a university hospital. (More)
BACKGROUND The correct size of cuffed endotracheal tube (CET) limits the risk of postintubation tracheal damage. The aim of this study was to compare the size of the CET used in children with the size predicted by the Khine formula [age (years)/4 + 3]. METHODS After ethical committee approval, 204 children aged 1 day-15 years were included prospectively(More)
Nonsynostotic posterior plagiocephaly has become the most common skull deformation since pediatricians have suggested the supine position for the newborns to reduce the risk of sudden death. Prevention of such a “positional” deformation or its management once it has occurred is mainly based on physical maneuvers such as physiotherapy and active positional(More)
Our aim was to determine how isoflurane modified crossbridge (CB) number and kinetics in airway smooth muscle (ASM) and to compare its effects in Fisher and Lewis rats, two strains with differences in airway responsiveness. The effects of isoflurane (2 MAC) on isotonic and isometric contractility in tracheal ASM strips were investigated after methacholine(More)
We carried out a retrospective analysis of 1500 forensic autopsies following sudden unexpected cardiac death. This analysis showed a group of 43 cases that could have been related to surgery and/or anaesthesia. Pathological examination revealed the existence of cardiac lesions in 40 cases: arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (14 cases), coronary(More)
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