Marinko Vučić

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Human soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (sTREM-1) is a glycoprotein of the immunoglobulin superfamily. In normal lung tissue, sTREM-1 is selectively expressed in lung alveolar macrophages specialized for pathogen clearance and is up-regulated in the presence of bacteria and fungi. The aim of this study was to assess sTREM-1 levels in(More)
This article presents our observations and experiences with the Griggs method of percutaneous dilation tracheostomy (PTD). We performed 200 tracheostomies on neurosurgical and surgical patients who needed temporary ventilatory support and protection. Early complications were defined and registered. Frequency of early complications was 22,5 %. The majority(More)
Maintenance of the open lung alveoli in the expiration on mechanical ventilation in acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS) remains challenging despite advances in lung imaging. The inspiratory lower inflection point (LIP) on the ventilator pressure–volume (P–V) curve estimates the required end-expiratory pressure for recruitment of(More)
The accuracy of cardiac output measurement by two most widely used methods of less invasive hemodynamic monitoring and by the standard technique of thermodilution with pulmonary catheter was assessed. The measurements were carried out in septic surgical patients immediately after and between system calibrations. Study results showed satisfactory(More)
The rate of organ donation reflects the level of the respective society and country development. In Croatia, attempts have been made to increase this rate. As a consequence, the number of potential donors with confirmed brain death was observed to have steadily increased during the 2004-2008 period. Data on all potential donors where the confirmation(More)
Difficult airway has gained increasing interest due to a relatively high number of adverse effects following unsuccessful intubation. Besides traditional techniques, several alternative methods are available today. It is crucial for the anesthesiologists and intensive care physicians to maintain sufficient oxygenation and ventilation of the patient. Hypoxia(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important pathogen throughout the world, and in Croatia as well. Therefore it was decided to develop guidelines with the aim to reduce the number of patients infected/colonized with MRSA in healthcare facilities and in nursing homes in Croatia, consequently reducing MRSA-related morbidity and(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important pathogen throughout the world, and as well in Croatia. Therefore it was decided to develop guidelines with the aim to reduce the number of patients infected/colonized with MRSA in healthcare facilities and in nursing homes in Croatia, consequently reducing MRSA-related morbidity and(More)
Maternal brain death during pregnancy remains an exceedingly complex situation that requires not only a well-considered medical management plan, but also careful decision-making in a legally and ethically delicate situation. Management of brain dead pregnant patients needs to adhere to special strategies that support the mother in a way that she can deliver(More)
Brain death is a clinical diagnosis and must be confirmed by one paraclinical test. This report presents the usefulness of paraclinical tests applied during a 4-year period. Forty-four patients with severe brain lesions leading to brain death were treated during the 2004-2007 period. The appropriate test was chosen according to test availability and patient(More)