Marta Luzi

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BACKGROUND The curved laryngoscope blade described by Macintosh in 1943 remains the most widely used device to facilitate tracheal intubation. The Airtraq laryngoscope is a new, single-use device for tracheal intubation. Several studies compared the use of Airtraq and Macintosh laryngoscopes in simulated intubation scenarios on manikins. We evaluated(More)
OBJECTIVE Moderate to severe pain is commonly experienced by cancer and non-cancer patients. Although opioids are generally the most important drugs in chronic pain management, their use in Italy remains low. We designed a prospective open trial to assess the efficacy and safety of a standard therapy clinically available for a large range of patients. (More)
BACKGROUND Opioid rotation is currently the subject of considerable debate for two reasons: firstly as a strategy for pain treatment, and secondly because of the difficulty in determining equianalgesic doses. Switching from one slow-release (SR) opioid analgesic to another raises a number of critical issues, and there are no widespread studies that support(More)
INTRODUCTION Despite breakthrough pain (BTP) being one of the most severe forms of pain, there are no definitive data on its prevalence. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective survey of the prevalence of BTP in consecutive patients in four Italian pain clinics, subsequent to application of an Italian law mandating detailed clinical records on pain(More)
We describe a case of tramadol-related respiratory depression in a 69-year-old man, admitted to our hospital because of severe anemia and melena in the context of chronic renal failure and dialysis treatment. He complained of back pain due to spondylodiscitis, and analgesic therapy was established with tramadol (200 mg/day intravenously). The patient(More)
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