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PURPOSE The study aimed to investigate cardiorespiratory parameters potentially predictive of failure of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty-four consecutive patients with severe CAP entered the study and underwent NIV with a helmet. Arterial blood gases, Pao(2)/FIo(2), and oxygenation(More)
BACKGROUND The stress responses from tracheal intubation are potentially dangerous in patients with higher cardiovascular risk, such as obese patients. The primary outcome objective of this study was to test whether, in comparison with the endotracheal tube (ETT), the Proseal™ Laryngeal Mask Airway (PLMA™) (Laryngeal Mask Airway Company, Jersey, United(More)
Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) has become a common treatment for acute and chronic respiratory failure. In comparison with conventional invasive mechanical ventilation, NIV has the advantages of reducing patient discomfort, procedural complications, and mortality. However, NIV is associated with frequent uncomfortable or even life-threatening adverse(More)
Laparoscopic surgery in a morbidly obese, high-risk cardiac patient: the benefits of deep neuromuscular block and sugammadex Editor—Intraperitoneal insufflation of carbon dioxide for lap-aroscopic surgery can produce cardiac depression that is poorly tolerated in high-risk cardiac patients with a low ejection fraction (EF). 1 2 Consequently, carboperitoneum(More)
Non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NIV) has proved to be an excellent technique in selected critically ill patients with different forms of acute respiratory failure. However, NIV can fail on account of the severity of the disease and technical problems, particularly at the interface. The helmet could be an alternative interface compared to face mask to(More)
BACKGROUND Morbidly obese (MO) patients are at increased risk for postoperative anesthesia-related complications. We evaluated the role of sugammadex versus neostigmine in the quality of recovery from profound rocuronium-induced neuromuscular blockade (NMB) in patients with morbid obesity. METHODS We studied 40 female MO patients who received desflurane(More)