Kenneth Planas

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BACKGROUND Clinical resolution of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) determines the duration of treatment and mechanical ventilation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of organisms and their susceptibility to treatment on outcomes. METHODS Prospective observational study in three teaching ICUs. Sixty episodes of VAP with appropriate(More)
n engl j med 361;21 nejm.org november 19, 2009 2079 A 73-year-old man with history of smoking, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and type 2 diabetes mellitus presented with respiratory distress. The trachea was intubated, and the patient was admitted to the intensive care unit. On the eighth day of hospitalization, atrial fibrillation(More)
BACKGROUND The role of venous blood gases as an alternative to arterial blood gases in patients with severe acute heart failure has not been established. OBJECTIVE To assess the correlation between arterial and peripheral venous blood gases together with pulse-oximetry (SpO2), as well as to estimate arterial values from venous samples in the first hours(More)
The second most important infectious complication in hospitalised patients is pneumonia, and it hits first place in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Almost 80% of the episodes of health-care pneumonia happens when patient is under mechanical ventilation, causing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). VAP is associated with the highest rates of mortality in(More)
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