Lewis L Low

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OBJECTIVE The routine turning of immobilized critically ill patients at a minimum of every 2 hrs has become the accepted standard of care. There has never been an objective assessment of whether this standard is achieved routinely. To determine if immobilized patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) receive the prevailing standard of change in body(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine whether the presence of an indwelling arterial access line leads to differences in blood-drawing practices and costs, in patients with similar APACHE II scores, in the ICU. DESIGN Prospective, observational. SETTING Adult surgical and medical ICUs at a large military tertiary care hospital. PATIENTS Twenty-five adult (ie,(More)
Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) is characterized by hypoxia, orthodeoxia, and platypnea, associated with severe chronic liver disease. Liver transplantation is generally viewed as the only curative treatment for this syndrome, but it may be complicated by prolonged hypoxia after the procedure. We report on a 58-year-old female patient with alcoholic(More)
This article reviews use of partial carbon dioxide rebreathing devices to determine cardiac output and their application for hemodynamic monitoring in the ICU and operating room. The primary focus is on the NICO monitoring device. Compared with conventional cardiac output methods, these techniques are noninvasive, easily automated, and provide real-time and(More)
A total of 108 cases of candidemia detected in 3 tertiary care university hospitals in Hawaii between January 2001 and December 2002 were retrospectively reviewed. Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, and Candida tropicalis accounted for 28% of the cases. Mortality among Filipino patients was significantly higher than that among other ethnic groups (71% vs(More)
We report the case of a 72-year-old male who suffered a cardiac arrest during an early positive treadmill stress test. After successful resuscitation the patient had evidence of a gastric perforation. Because of his hemodynamic stability, lack of peritoneal signs, and prohibitively high surgical risk, a non-operative management approach was successfully(More)
Today, the world of critical care medicine has given us the capabilities to accomplish things that were only dreamed of a few decades ago. When combined with the increasing importance of patient autonomy and economics in healthcare, these new capabilities have caused conflicts about what is too little, and what is too much. Medical futility becomes an issue(More)
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