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The PROSPECT Working Group, a collaboration of anaesthetists and surgeons, conducts systematic reviews of postoperative pain management for different surgical procedures (http://www.postoppain.org). Evidence-based consensus recommendations for the effective management of postoperative pain are then developed from these systematic reviews, incorporating(More)
INTRODUCTION Prediction of massive transfusion (MT) among trauma patients is difficult in the early phase of trauma management. Whole-blood thromboelastometry (ROTEM®) tests provide immediate information about the coagulation status of acute bleeding trauma patients. We investigated their value for early prediction of MT. METHODS This retrospective study(More)
UNLABELLED Existing general guidelines for perioperative pain management do not consider procedure-specific differences in analgesic efficacy or applicability of a given analgesic technique. For the clinician, an evidence-based, procedure-specific guideline for perioperative pain management is therefore desirable. This chapter reviews the methodology and(More)
BACKGROUND Thromboembolic and bleeding complications in outpatients with a left ventricular assist device are common and can be detrimental. A meticulous balance between anticoagulant and procoagulant factors is therefore crucial. However, in contrast to routinely performed plasmatic coagulation tests, platelet function is hardly ever monitored although(More)
Total hip replacement is a major surgical procedure usually associated with significant pain in the early postoperative period. Several anaesthetic and analgesic techniques are in common clinical use for this procedure but, to date, clinical studies of pain after total hip replacement have not been systematically assessed. Using the Cochrane protocol, we(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has advantages over the open procedure for postoperative pain. However, a systematic review of postoperative pain management in this procedure has not been conducted. METHODS A systematic review was conducted according to the guidelines of the Cochrane Collaboration. Randomized studies examining the effect of(More)
An analytical evaluation of the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH-3) assay on the Bayer ADVIA Centaur immunoassay system was performed. General analytical requirements (linearity, resistance to typical interferences, absence of a carry-over effect) were fulfilled and reproducibility was satisfactory. Inter-assay coefficient of variation (CV) of a human serum(More)
AIMS Endotracheal intubation (ETI) and basic ventilation techniques (i.e. mouth-to-mouth/nose, bag-valve-mask ventilation) require skills and training. As an alternative, supraglottic airway devices (SAD) are efficient and technically easy to insert. We therefore evaluated the time to ventilation, success rate, and skill retention for various airway(More)
BACKGROUND Chest compressions and ventilation are lifesaving tasks during cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Besides oxygenation, endotracheal intubation (ETI) during CPR is performed to avoid aspiration of gastric contents. If intubation is difficult or impossible, supraglottic airway devices are utilized. We tested six different airway devices(More)