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INTRODUCTION Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) have been indicated as treatment for acute respiratory and/or cardiac failure. Here we describe our first year experience of in-hospital ECLS activity, the operative algorithm and the protocol for centralization of adult patients from district hospitals. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Despite evidence demonstrating improved safety with ultrasound-guided placement of central venous catheters (CVC) in comparison with the use of anatomical landmarks, ultrasound guidance is still not routinely used by all physicians when obtaining central venous access. METHODS We report data pertaining to the placement of long-term CVCs in a(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of hydroxyethyl starch, (130/0.4) 6%, compared to Ringer's acetate and modified gelatin on hypoxemia, inflammatory response, and oxidative stress in an experimental model of acute lung injury (ALI). The ALI/Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) experimental model was produced by a bronchoalveolar(More)
BACKGROUND To describe the organization of an ECMO-centre from triage by telephone to the phase of inter-hospital transportation with ECMO of patients affected by H1N1-induced ARDS, describing techniques and equipment used. METHODS From September 2009 to January 2010, 18 patients with H1N1-induced ARDS were referred to our ECMO-centre from other(More)
BACKGROUND Since the first outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by H1N1 virus in Mexico, several reports have described the need of intensive care or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) assistance in young and often healthy patients. Here we describe our experience in H1N1-induced ARDS using both ventilation strategy and ECMO assistance. (More)
BACKGROUND Early prediction of neurological outcome for patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest (CA) is a challenging task. Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) has been shown to improve neurological outcome after CA. Two recent studies indicated that somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) recorded during TH retains high prediction value for poor neurological(More)
INTRODUCTION The choice of optimal treatment in traumatic brain injured (TBI) patients is a challenge. The aim of this study was to verify the neurological outcome of severe TBI patients treated with decompressive craniectomy (early < 24 h, late > 24 h), compared to conservative treatment, in hospital and after 6-months. METHODS A total of 186 TBI(More)
BACKGROUND Incidence of Blunt Cerebrovascular Injuries (BCVI) after head injury has been reported as 0.5-1% of all admissions for blunt trauma, with a high stroke and mortality rate. The purpose of this study is to evaluate if a modification of Memphis criteria could improve the rate of BCVI diagnosis. METHODS Trauma patients consecutively admitted to(More)
INTRODUCTION Organ availability represents a key factor in transplants due to an almost universal shortage of deceased donors. PRESENTATION OF CASE We present the case of a 41-year-old patients with severe polytrauma, where extracorporeal life support (ECLS) allowed brain death (BD) declaration and multiorgan retrieval and transplantation. DISCUSSION(More)