Joseph A. Posluszny

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We have previously shown that perturbed bone marrow progenitor development promotes hyporesponsive monocytes following experimental burn sepsis. Clinical and experimental sepsis is associated with monocyte deactivation and depletion of mDCs. Decrease in circulating DCs is reported in burn patients who develop sepsis. In our 15% TBSA scald burn model, we(More)
Typically, burn wound infections are classified by the organisms present in the wound within the first several days after injury or later by routine surveillance cultures. With universal acceptance of early excision and grafting, classification of burn wound colonization in unexcised burn wounds is less relevant, shifting clinical significance to open(More)
BACKGROUND Critically ill patients require transfusions because of acute blood loss and the anemia of critical illness. In critically ill burn patients, typically, no distinction is made between transfusions related to acute surgical blood loss and those related to the anemia of critical illness. We sought to identify the percentage of blood transfusions(More)
Patients who survive initial burn injury are susceptible to nosocomial infections. Anemia of critical illness is a compounding factor in burn patients that necessitates repeated transfusions, which further increase their susceptibility to infections and sepsis. Robust host response is dependent on an adequate number and function of monocytes/macrophages and(More)
BACKGROUND Anemia in burn patients is due to surgical blood loss and anemia of critical illness. Because the commitment paradigm of common bone marrow progenitors dictates the production of erythroid, myeloid, and lymphoid cells, we hypothesized that skewed bone marrow lineage commitment decreases red cell production and causes anemia after a burn injury.(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the outcomes of prolonged (≥14 days) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (P-ECMO) for adult severe respiratory failure and to assess characteristics associated with survival. BACKGROUND The use of ECMO for treatment of severe respiratory adult patients is associated with overall survival rates of 50% to 70% with median ECMO duration(More)
BACKGROUND Ventilator-dependent spinal cord-injured (SCI) patients require significant resources related to ventilator dependence. Diaphragm pacing (DP) has been shown to successfully replace mechanical ventilators for chronic ventilator-dependent tetraplegics. Early use of DP following SCI has not been described. Here, we report our multicenter review(More)
The refusal of allogeneic human blood and blood products by Jehovah's Witness (JW) patients complicates the treatment of life-threatening anemia. For JW patients, when hemoglobin (Hb) levels decrease beyond traditional transfusion thresholds (<7 g/dL), alternative methods to allogeneic blood transfusion can be utilized to augment erythropoiesis and restore(More)
We report the use of a single dose of methylene blue in a patient with burn-induced vasoplegia refractory to fluids, vasopressors, and steroids. Administration of methylene blue allowed for cessation of epinephrine infusion within 2 hours of administration, and reduction in excessive fluid resuscitation. The patient's clinical course continued for 2 months(More)