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We tested the hypothesis that, in patients with clear airways, the anatomical position of three single-use extraglottic airway devices is similar. The airways studied were: the laryngeal mask airway unique (LMA-U), the Softseal laryngeal mask airway (SS-LM) and the Cobra perilaryngeal airway (Cobra-PLA). Three hundred spontaneously breathing patients were(More)
In a prospective study of 80 patients under 40 years of age, given spinal anaesthesia through either a 0.52 mm (25-gauge) needle or a 0.33 mm (29-gauge) needle, the incidence of post-dural puncture headache and backache was compared. There were no headaches in the 0.33 mm needle group, while in the 0.52 mm needle group an incidence of 25% was found. The(More)
Two patients are described in whom double-lumen endotracheal tube malplacement and its ventilatory consequences were not detected by infrared capnography. Problems were suspected on auscultation, and the malplacement was diagnosed by means of bronchospirometry. We conclude that bronchospirometry helps detect problems with endotracheal intubation.
OBJECTIVES Various studies have shown different parameters as independent risk factors in predicting the success of fast-track postoperative management in cardiac surgery. In the present study, we evaluated our 7-year experience with the fast-track protocol and investigated the preoperative predictors of successful outcome. METHODS Between 2004 and 2010,(More)
BACKGROUND In our institution, we have redefined our criteria for direct availability of red blood cell (RBC) units in the operation room. In this study, we sought to evaluate the safety of applying this new logistical policy of blood transfusion in the first preliminary group of patients. METHODS In March 2010, we started a new policy concerning the(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY In the present study, we investigated the survival of patients who received postoperative renal replacement therapy (RRT) after cardiac surgery. We specifically focused on factors predicting long-term outcome in elderly patients. METHODS Data of all patients that received unintentional renal replacement therapy following(More)
OBJECTIVES In the present study, the authors investigated the predictive value of postoperative peak arterial lactate levels for early and late mortality after cardiac surgery. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. SETTING Single-center study in an academic hospital. PARTICIPANTS Adult patients who underwent cardiac surgery(More)
In the present article, we report a case in which acute esophageal necrosis (AEN) of the intrathoracic esophagus was caused by extensive thrombosis in the false lumen of an aortic dissection, thereby occluding the blood flow to the intercostal arteries and thus the esophagus. According to the previously published data, AEN after aortic dissection is very(More)
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