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High-compliance endotracheal tube cuffs are used to prevent gas leak and also pulmonary aspiration in mechanically ventilated patients. However, the use of the usual cuff inflation volumes may cause tracheal damage and lead to tracheoesophageal fistula.Tracheostomy tube cuffs seal against the tracheal wall and prevent leakage of air around the tube,(More)
UNLABELLED Tracheostomy is one of the most commonly performed procedures in critically ill patients. Over the past 15 years, many large university hospitals have reported their experience with percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT). We have described and compared our experience with 224 PDTs that we performed in the last four and a half years. We have(More)
Neurosurgical patients are at great risk for venous thromboembolism. Thromboprophylaxis is either with unfractionated heparin or low molecular weight heparin (LMWH). In neurosurgery, this is a matter of debate because of fear from bleeding. Few randomized studies show that chemical prophylaxis is safe after elective neurosurgeries. Prophylaxis with gradual(More)
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