Melda Aybar Türkoğlu

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BACKGROUND We investigated the clinical course and mortality of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in patients with hematological malignancies. METHODS Sixty-eight patients with hematological malignancies and ARDS admitted to medical intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital were analyzed semi-prospectively in the study. RESULTS The(More)
BACKGROUND Early enteral nutrition (EN) in patients receiving mechanical ventilation commonly has been advocated, based mainly on studies conducted in mixed populations of trauma and surgery patients. In this study, ventilator-associated pneumonia rates and outcomes were compared in mechanically ventilated medical intensive care unit (ICU) patients(More)
Aim: Prolonged stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) is associated with high mortality, morbidity and costs. Understanding the characteristics of prolonged stay ICU patients would be helpful, particularly if some factors could be modified or used in making clinical decisions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the characteristics, outcomes and cost(More)
PURPOSE A growing number of evidence demonstrates deficiency of vitamin D in critically ill patients. We aimed to evaluate the vitamin D status of our critically ill patients and its relevance to infections in these patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS We conducted a prospective observational study in 201 critically ill patients admitted to the medical(More)
Dear Editor, Oral anticoagulants are recommended for the prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism in acute thrombosis and also in cases of recurrent deep venous thrombosis. However, their use has been associated with an increased incidence of hemorrhagic complications. We herein describe an elderly woman who took warfarin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory(More)
OBJECTIVE The allocation of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to health is limited, therefore it has made a need for professional management of health business. Hospital managers as well as employees are required to have sufficient knowledge about the hospital costs. Hospital facilities like intensive care units that require specialization and advanced(More)
OBJECTIVE Most significant side effect of colistin therapy which is used for the treatment of multi-drug resistant Gram-negative infections is nephrotoxicity. Our aim was to investigate the differences of colistin nephrotoxicity between the geriatric age group (≥65 years) and the younger age group (<65 years) in critically ill medical intensive care unit(More)
Richter's transformation (RT) refers to the development of aggressive lymphoma during the course of CLL. Clinically, patients with RT present with an aggressive disease course with rapidly enlarging lymph nodes, hepatosplenomegaly, and elevated serum lactate dehydrogenase levels. But rarely it presents with extra nodal organ involvement at the beginning.(More)
Central venous catheterization is a frequently performed procedure in the intensive care units (ICU) for various treatments such as iv therapy, parenteral nutrition and hemodialysis but occasionally encountered complications can be fatal. Therefore, safe insertion with confirmation of correct positioning of the catheter is vital. Ultrasound (US)-guided(More)
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