Luigi Mendetta

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BACKGROUND In some patients with auto-positive end-expiratory pressure (auto-PEEP), application of PEEP lower than auto-PEEP maintains a constant total PEEP, therefore reducing the inspiratory threshold load without detrimental cardiovascular or respiratory effects. We refer to these patients as "complete PEEP-absorbers." Conversely, adverse effects of PEEP(More)
Introduction Percutaneous tracheostomy is one of the most commonly operative procedures performed in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients [1]. Ciaglia Blue Rhino technique (CBR) is used in our ICU. In our clinical practice we sometimes encountered difficulties in doing initial dilatation of the soft tissue and tracheal wall with the Blue Rhino dilator: it(More)
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