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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the type and incidence of complications during insertion, maintenance, and withdrawal of central arterial catheters used for transpulmonary thermodilution haemodynamic monitoring (PiCCO™). METHODS We conducted a prospective, observational, multicentre study in 14 European intensive care units (six… (More)
BACKGROUND Single transpulmonary thermodilution (STTD) is a widely recognized technique for the quantification of extravascular lung water (EVLW). However, the accuracy of STTD can be substantially reduced in acute lung lesion (ALL) characterized by inhomogeneous distribution of edematous zones and major ventilation-perfusion mismatch. Quantitative computed… (More)
The aim of our study was to investigate the relationship between central venous oxygen saturation (ScvO2) and venous-to-arterial difference in PCO2 (Pv-aCO2) and their role in the assessment of balance between oxygen delivery and consumption after combined valve surgery. The prospective observation study included 38 adult patients with acquired valvular… (More)
A portable multigas monitoring system was used in 20 patients during labaroscopic cholecystectomy. The system was found to provide useful on-line information on ventilatory changes, which permitted the prevention of cardiopulmonary abnormalities during this type of surgery. Expiratory CO2 and CO2 production closely correlated with PaCO2.