Pablo O Rodriguez

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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Duration of weaning from mechanical ventilation may be reduced by the use of a systematic approach. We assessed whether a closed-loop knowledge-based algorithm introduced in a ventilator to act as a computer-driven weaning protocol can improve patient outcomes as compared with usual care. METHODS AND MEASUREMENTS We conducted a(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between hormonal status and mortality in patients with protracted critical illness. METHODS We conducted a prospective observational study in four medical and surgical intensive care units (ICUs). ICU patients who regained consciousness after 7 days of mechanical ventilation were(More)
read with interest the study by Routsi and colleagues showing that electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) reduced the frequency of critical illness polyneuropathy in intensive care unit (ICU) patients [1]. Th e authors stated that an intention-to-treat analysis was used. One hundred and forty patients were randomized to electrical stimulation or to usual care.(More)
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