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INTRODUCTION Fever is frequently observed in critically ill patients. An independent association of fever with increased mortality has been observed in non-neurological critically ill patients with mixed febrile etiology. The association of fever and antipyretics with mortality, however, may be different between infective and non-infective illness. (More)
To compare the attitudes of physicians towards withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatments in intensive care units (ICUs) in low-middle-income Asian countries and regions with those in high-income ones, and to explore differences in the role of families and surrogates, legal risks, and financial considerations between these countries and regions.(More)
Little evidence exists regarding the need for a reduction in postoperative heart rate after repair of type A acute aortic dissection. This single-center retrospective study was conducted to determine if lower heart rate during the early postoperative phase is associated with improved long-term outcomes after surgery for patients with type A acute aortic(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of the study was to compare initial resuscitation with arginine vasopressin (AVP), phenylephrine (PE), or isotonic crystalloid fluid alone after traumatic brain injury and vasodilatory shock. STUDY DESIGN Anesthetized, ventilated swine (n = 39, 30 +/- 2 kg) underwent fluid percussion traumatic brain injury followed by hemorrhage (30(More)
OBJECTIVES A volume-outcome relationship in ICU patients has been suggested in recent studies. However, it is unclear whether the ICU-to-hospital bed ratio affects the volume-outcome relationship. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between hospital volume and in-hospital mortality of adult ICU patients in relation to the ratio of ICU(More)
The Penn classification, a risk assessment system for acute type A aortic dissection (AAAD), is based on preoperative ischemic conditions. We investigated whether Penn classes predict outcomes after surgery for AAAD. Three hundred fifty-one patients with DeBakey type I AAAD treated surgically, January 1997 to January 2011, were divided into 4 groups per(More)
UNLABELLED Arginine vasopressin (AVP) is a promising treatment for several types of irreversible shock, but its therapeutic potential has not been examined after severe chest trauma. Two series of experiments were performed to fill this gap. METHODS Series 1: anesthetized, mechanically-ventilated pigs (n = 20, 29 +/- 1 kg) received a blast to the chest,(More)
OBJECTIVE We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to assess the benefit and risk of continuous regional arterial infusion (CRAI) of protease inhibitors (CRAIpis) in patients with severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) or acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP). METHODS The search was(More)
Active cytomegalovirus infection is not uncommon in critically ill non-immunosuppressed patients. We conducted a preliminary observational study to determine the prevalence of active cytomegalovirus infection in cardiovascular surgical patients. One hundred patients admitted to the intensive care unit following cardiovascular surgery were enrolled between(More)
BACKGROUND Although high-molecular-weight hydroxyethyl starch (HES) has been reported to cause acute kidney injury (AKI), it is not clear whether low-molecular-weight HES (6% HES 70/0.5) can be a risk for AKI or not. We hypothesized that intraoperative 6% HES 70/0.5 administration is not related to postoperative AKI. METHODS A retrospective chart review(More)