Daniela Mamo

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BACKGROUND Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) is a common procedure in intensive care units and the identification of the best technique is very important. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized studies comparing different PDT techniques in critically ill adult patients to investigate if one technique is superior to the(More)
This article reports two cases of dilatative percutaneous tracheostomy performed on patients treated with double antiplatelet therapy. Both patients had cardiac arrest following myocardial infarction. After primary angioplasty with stent placement, a double antiplatelet therapy was started. Due to poor neurological outcome, dilatative percutaneous(More)
AIM The number of cardiac operations in octogenarians is steadily increasing. A review of personal 4 years' experience is made in order to identify which variables are associated to a poor prognosis in this high risk population. METHODS Perioperative variables and short-term outcome of 109 consecutive octogenarians were prospectively collected in a(More)
BACKGROUND We tested the hypothesis that using a subgluteus approach to the sciatic nerve requires a lower concentration of mepivacaine to obtain complete anesthesia as compared with the popliteal approach. METHODS With midazolam premedication (0.05 mg kg(-1) iv), 48 patients undergoing hallux valgus repair were randomly allocated to receive a sciatic(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the onset time of surgical block, recovery of motor function and duration of post-operative analgesia of combined sciatic-femoral nerve block performed with either mepivacaine or prilocaine. METHODS With Ethical Committee approval and written informed consent, 30 ASA physical status I-II patients, undergoing(More)
INTRACRANIAL hypotension is an important cause of new daily persistent postural headaches. Among the causes of intracranial hypotension, many cases are due to spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, often associated with an underlying generalized connective tissue disorder. Intracranial hypotension may also be due to dural puncture after epidural(More)
To the Editor:—We read with interest the case report by Albertin et al. regarding a spontaneous arachnoid postpartum leak and headache. In the case report, the authors state that the magnetic resonance imaging scanning was done without contrast because the patient was breast-feeding. However, current recommendations suggest that the use of radiographic(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the database of 1,902 consecutive patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in the period 1998 through 2001 at this institution, and to compare the preoperative status, anesthetic management, and postoperative outcome of 364 patients with the beating-heart technique with 1,538 patients who underwent the operation(More)
INTRODUCTION We describe and quantify the wide range of activities that a mature Medical Emergency Team can progressively perform. METHODS The activities performed by a Medical Emergency Team 20 years after its introduction were prospectively collected during 105 consecutive days. RESULTS The main activity was focused on the follow-up visits to(More)