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BACKGROUND Cardiac output (CO) and invasive hemodynamic measurements are useful during liver transplantation. The pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) is commonly used for these patients, despite the potential complications. Recently, a less invasive device (Vigileo/FloTrac) became available, which estimates CO using arterial pressure waveform analysis without(More)
BACKGROUND Pulse pressure variation (PPV) and stroke volume variation (SVV) are robust indicators of fluid responsiveness in mechanically ventilated supine patients. The aim of the study was to evaluate the ability of PPV and SVV to predict fluid responsiveness in mechanically ventilated patients in the prone position (PP) during scoliosis surgery. (More)
INTRODUCTION Passive leg raising (PLR) is a simple reversible maneuver that mimics rapid fluid loading and increases cardiac preload. The effects of this endogenous volume expansion on stroke volume enable the testing of fluid responsiveness with accuracy in spontaneously breathing patients. However, this maneuver requires the determination of stroke volume(More)
INTRODUCTION Pleth Variability Index (PVI) is an automated and continuous calculation of respiratory variations in the perfusion index. PVI correlates well with respiratory variations in pulse pressure (ΔPP) and is able to predict fluid responsiveness in the operating room. ICU patients may receive vasopressive drugs, which modify vascular tone and could(More)
OBJECTIVE Standard non-invasive blood pressure (BP) monitoring is an intermittent, discontinuous procedure. Beat-to-beat BP monitoring requires invasive measurement via an arterial catheter and may be associated with serious complications. The Infinity CNAP SmartPod (Dräger Medical AG & Co. KG, Lübeck, Germany) has recently been proposed for non-invasive(More)
The local anesthetic bupivacaine has been found to uncouple oxidative phosphorylation. However, the precise mechanisms of bupivacaine uncoupling have not been elucidated. In the present paper, we demonstrate that the uncoupling effect of the local anesthetic depends on the respiration state. In state 4-respiration (no ADP phosphorylation), bupivacaine acts(More)
BACKGROUND Stroke volume variation (SVV) is able to predict adequately the individual response to fluid loading. Our objective was to assess whether the SVV measured by a new algorithm (Vigileo; Flotrac) can predict fluid responsiveness. METHODS Forty mechanically ventilated patients undergoing liver transplantation, who needed volume expansion (VE), were(More)
INTRODUCTION Dabigatran and rivaroxaban have recently been added to the armamentarium for thromboprophylaxis in orthopedic surgery. Although this is their first licensed indication, others will soon follow. Owing to their claimed predictable anticoagulant response that dispenses with the need for monitoring coagulation, their effects are poorly described in(More)
IMPORTANCE Enteral administration of immune-modulating nutrients (eg, glutamine, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and antioxidants) has been suggested to reduce infections and improve recovery from critical illness. However, controversy exists on the use of immune-modulating enteral nutrition, reflected by lack of consensus in guidelines. OBJECTIVE To(More)
We measured the number and the morphometric characteristics of perisinusoidal cells in perfusion-fixed biopsy samples from 7 control patients with normal liver histology. On 1-micron section, the number of cells was 18 +/- 1.5/0.1 mm2; 25% of cells did not apparently contain lipids. There were no significant zonal differences. The volume density of the(More)