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The quality of a trauma system can be assessed by the rate of preventable deaths. A random selected sample of 110 trauma patients was examined using both clinical and autopsy data. The assessors were asked the following question: If this patient had sustained the accident in front of the hospital in a normal working day, might death have been prevented?(More)
To investigate whether chest-wall mechanics could affect the total respiratory system pressure-volume (P-V) curve in patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF), and particularly the lower inflection point (LIP) of the curve, we drew the total respiratory system, lung, and chest-wall P-V curves (P-Vrs, P-VL, and P-VW, respectively) for 13 patients with(More)
The current literature reports many measurements (arteriovenous oxygen content difference and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen, etc.) with samples from the internal jugular veins (IJs), obtained from either side of the neck, based on the assumption that a reliable sample of mixed venous blood can be drawn. We compared oxygen saturation in both IJs in 32(More)
Although intravenous (i.v.) heparin is widely used as the first line treatment for cerebral venous and sinus thrombosis (CVST), the most appropriate therapy for this disease is still controversial. We report 2 cases of CVST who were successfully treated by means of loco-regional thrombolysis with urokinase. In the first case we chose this treatment instead(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of the present multicenter investigation was to compare in a prospective and randomized study the induction, the maintenance and the recovery characteristics of halothane and sevoflurane when used in paediatric patients. METHODS With the approval of the Ethical Committee and the parental written informed consent, 64 children aged 3-12(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate new indexes predicting weaning outcome from mechanical ventilation. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Prospective study with two main end-points: a comparison of weaning indexes between successful and unsuccessful groups and an evaluation of their predicting value. ENVIRONMENT Surgical-Medical Intensive Care Unit. PATIENTS Patients ventilated(More)
The authors wanted to verify if in clinical practice (Intensive Care Unit patients), the association of azlocillin with an aminoglycoside offers substantial advantages compared to use of azlocillin alone. Their results show that azlocillin alone is potent enough to be used in the treatment of severe infections.