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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether the pleth variability index, a noninvasive and continuous tool, can predict fluid responsiveness in mechanically ventilated patients with circulatory insufficiency. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING Surgical intensive care unit of a university hospital. PATIENTS Forty mechanically ventilated patients with circulatory(More)
information on the 'best treatment' of surgical and trauma patients. Ultimately, it should be in everyone's interest to interpret the existing data on medical topics objectively and neutrally, without rushing to premature, far-reaching conclusions which could confuse physicians and even render future therapy with potentially life-saving drugs impossible.(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to assess the reliability of hemoglobin measurements made with HemoCue®, compared with those made with the reference method in critically ill patients. METHODS A prospective observational study was conducted in three adult surgical intensive care units of a university hospital. One hundred and ninety-eight consecutive(More)