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BACKGROUND Acute renal failure (ARF) ranks among the most frequent complications in critically ill patients and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is a typical treatment regimen in intensive care patients. Contributing factors to ARF, such as septic shock and hemodynamic instability require extended hemodynamic monitoring, and the simultaneous use(More)
UNLABELLED Syringe drivers are used in anaesthetics, intensive care and emergency medicine to deliver small volumes of highly potent drugs with continuous, constant and reproducible flow. For early recognition of interruptions of the drug delivery caused by occlusion of the infusion system, an alarm is triggered as soon as the system pressure exceeds a(More)
Trotz weiter Verbreitung von intraoperativer Wärmetherapie zeigen neuere Daten weiterhin eine hohe Inzidenz der perioperativen Hypothermie. Vor diesem Hintergrund wurde ein Programm zur präoperativen Vorwärmung in der Wartezone etabliert. Um die Effektivität beurteilen zu können, wurde das Vorwärmprogramm für 3 Monate mithilfe eines(More)
Green tea catechins are considered as possible cancer preventive agents for several cancer types but little is known regarding their effects on pancreatic cancer cells. The best studied catechin and the major polyphenol present in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). In the present study, we investigated the in vitro anti-tumoral properties of EGCG(More)
OBJECTIVE Acute renal injury is a frequent complication after cardiac surgery that necessitates additional treatment and increases mortality. To apply measures for optimizing renal function in a well-directed and effective way, it is most important to detect acute kidney injury at an early stage. The present study compares three markers of renal tubular(More)
BACKGROUND Though acute renal failure among cardiac surgery patients is associated with increased mortality, diagnosis of renal failure is often delayed due to the late detectability of laboratory markers for kidney failure. Recently, a number of clinical studies have shown that glomerular filtration rate (GFR) can be estimated by measuring the serum(More)
OBJECTIVE Preoperative assessment of risk factors for postoperative acute renal failure (ARF) is a key point in the management of cardiac surgery patients. A reliable evaluation of individual risk permits the efficient application of prophylactic and therapeutic measures to patients with increased risk of ARF. In 2005, Thakar published a scoring system to(More)
BACKGROUND Renal failure is common in critically ill patients and frequently requires continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). CRRT is discontinued at regular intervals for routine changes of the disposable equipment or for replacing clogged filter membrane assemblies. The present study was conducted to determine if the necessity to continue CRRT could(More)
Since 1st October 2003 the new German "Approbationsordnung für Arzte" (Medical Licensing Regulations) requires an increasing amount of small group teaching sessions and encourages a multidisciplinary and more practical approach to the related topics. In 2004 the German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine has provided almost all(More)
After cardiac surgery, transient renal dysfunction often occurs. Regional differentiation of these processes is possible only using invasive techniques, including renal biopsy. Approximately 30 different plasma protein components have been identified in the urine of healthy individuals by means of qualitative and quantitative immunochemical methods. The(More)