Mara Bernasconi

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The purpose of this study was noninvasive assessment of respiratory compliance and resistance in mechanically ventilated patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF). To this end, flow, change in lung volume, and airway pressure were measured at the proximal tip of the endotracheal tubes in twenty nine critically ill unselected patients. Eleven had acute(More)
To investigate the dose-response relationship and the time course of the effects of fenoterol (a selective β2 agonist) on respiratory function in mechanically ventilated patients with acute respiratory failure due to exacerbation of chronic airflow obstruction (CAO), seven consecutive acutely ill patients were studied within 3 days of the onset of(More)
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) has been recognized as mediator of paradoxical embolism. Concurrent multisite paradoxical embolization is a quite rarely reported occurrence. We present a case of multisite paradoxical embolism (pulmonary, cerebral, upper limb) mediated by a large right-to-left shunt mediated by a PFO with associated a redundant Eustachian valve,(More)
BACKGROUND The association between Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and mortality varies from study to study, and its entity is uncertain due a considerable variation in the attributable mortality. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between VAP frequency and mortality in a cohort of mechanically ventilated patients. METHODS A(More)