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The rate of loss of albumin to the tissue spaces (measured as transcapillary escape rate) rose by more than 300% in patients with septic shock, and the average increase within 7 h of cardiac surgery was 100%. The transcapillary escape rate in cachectic cancer patients was twice that of a group of healthy individuals. The rate of loss of albumin to the(More)
  • F Hawker
  • 1991
Abnormal liver function commonly accompanies critical illness. Ischaemic hepatitis occurs with shock and is characterised by elevated plasma aminotransferase concentrations. 'ICU jaundice' occurs later in critical illness, especially after trauma and sepsis. The major biochemical abnormality is conjugated hyperbilirubinaemia. The clinical setting suggests(More)
Telemedicine has evolved to become an integral part of the South Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Service. The resulting telemedicine service is one of only a few telepsychiatry services around the world that is firmly embedded in normal clinical practice and can be regarded as sustainable. The telepsychiatry service has been operational in(More)
This study investigates the regulation of the insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) and their regulatory proteins in 14 critically ill patients during the 30-day period following admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). Levels of IGF-I, IGF-II, IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) and acid-labile subunit (ALS) were low on admission, and in the 8 patients whose(More)
Arteriovenous fistula is a rare complication of lumbar disc surgery and there is often a delay in diagnosis. A patient who developed multi-system failure associated with an aortocaval fistula, which occurred following a lumbar disc operation, is presented in this study. Surgical repair was facilitated by the use of total cardiopulmonary bypass which enabled(More)
Biochemical evidence of selenium (Se) deficiency is frequent in patients with chronic malnutrition. However, the incidence of Se deficiency in acutely ill patients is unknown. In 175 consecutive ICU patients, plasma Se measured during the first week of ICU admission was 0.66 +/- 0.21 mumol/L (mean +/- SD) and was less than that measured in 57 healthy blood(More)
OBJECTIVE Women are under-represented in the intensive care medicine (ICM) specialist workforce. I aimed to better understand the challenges these women face so they can be considered in the training and support of ICM specialists. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS All female Fellows of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) of Australia and New Zealand were(More)
BACKGROUND Traditionally, patients with acute respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) are believed to have a poor outcome. A study was undertaken to explore both hospital and long term outcome in this group and to identify clinical predictors. METHODS A retrospective review was(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the factors predicting mortality from bleeding esophageal varices and to examine the possibility of an association between the development of adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and the use of ethanolamine oleate as an esophageal variceal sclerosant. DESIGN Retrospective review. SETTING ICU in a teaching hospital. (More)
Twenty ICU patients, with varying diagnoses and degrees of catabolism, were studied prospectively to determine whether somatomedin-C/insulin-like growth factor I (SMC/IGFI) is related to the conventional nutritional indices, plasma prealbumin, transferrin and albumin, and nitrogen balance (NB) in critical illness. Mean SMC/IGFI concentration in these(More)