Eduardo A. Osawa

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BACKGROUND Several studies have indicated that a restrictive erythrocyte transfusion strategy is as safe as a liberal one in critically ill patients, but there is no clear evidence to support the superiority of any perioperative transfusion strategy in patients with cancer. METHODS In a randomized, controlled, parallel-group, double-blind (patients and(More)
BACKGROUND Allogeneic red blood cell (RBC) transfusion has been proposed as a negative indicator of quality in cardiac surgery. Hospital length of stay (LOS) may be a surrogate of poor outcome in transfused patients. METHODS Data from 502 patients included in Transfusion Requirements After Cardiac Surgery (TRACS) study were analyzed to assess the(More)
OBJECTIVE The failure to wean from mechanical ventilation is related to worse outcomes after cardiac surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the serum level of B-type natriuretic peptide is a predictor of weaning failure from mechanical ventilation after cardiac surgery. METHODS We conducted a prospective, observational cohort study of 101(More)
OBJECTIVE The standard therapy for patients with high-level spinal cord injury is long-term mechanical ventilation through a tracheostomy. However, in some cases, this approach results in death or disability. The aim of this study is to highlight the anesthetics and perioperative aspects of patients undergoing insertion of a diaphragmatic pacemaker. (More)
[1] in the previous issue of Critical Care. Th e authors suggested, in a retrospective analysis, that dobutamine use in patients undergoing cardiac surgery was independently associated with a 2.3-fold increase in mortality and a 2.7-fold increase in risk of renal dysfunction. We have some concerns regarding this conclusion. Th e primary concern with this(More)
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