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BACKGROUND Pulmonary vascular dysfunction has been described in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) is a well-established treatment for these patients. We hypothesized that severe pulmonary vascular dysfunction and cor pulmonale identified by echocardiography before cannulation(More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODS Scarce data are available on the prognostic role of uric acid (UA ) in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We aimed at assessing the relation between uric acid, measured on Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) admission, and mortality at short term follow-up in 466 consecutive STEMI patients submitted to(More)
INTRODUCTION Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) have been indicated as treatment for acute respiratory and/or cardiac failure. Here we describe our first year experience of in-hospital ECLS activity, the operative algorithm and the protocol for centralization of adult patients from district hospitals. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Results from previous trials suggest that daptomycin may result in faster clinical improvement than penicillinase-resistant penicillins or vancomycin for patients with complicated skin and skin structure infections. OBJECTIVE The objective was to evaluate whether daptomycin treatment of cellulitis or erysipelas would result in faster resolution(More)
OBJECTIVES The mortality of patients with cardiogenic shock (CS) complicating ST elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) remains high, despite early revascularization. Current knowledge of predictors of death is limited. BACKGROUND The pathophysiologic understanding of CS after acute myocardial infarction has shifted from a mere hemodynamic disorder(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to assess the incidence and prognostic role of echocardiographic abnormalities in consecutive patients with refractory acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) before veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO). METHODS In this study 74 consecutive patients with refractory ARDS underwent(More)
BACKGROUND To describe the organization of an ECMO-centre from triage by telephone to the phase of inter-hospital transportation with ECMO of patients affected by H1N1-induced ARDS, describing techniques and equipment used. METHODS From September 2009 to January 2010, 18 patients with H1N1-induced ARDS were referred to our ECMO-centre from other(More)
Guidelines stated that extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) may improve outcomes after refractory cardiac arrest (CA) in cases of cardiogenic shock and witnessed arrest, where there is an underlying circulatory disease amenable to immediate corrective intervention. Due to the lack of randomized trials, available data are supported by small series and(More)
BACKGROUND Since the first outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by H1N1 virus in Mexico, several reports have described the need of intensive care or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) assistance in young and often healthy patients. Here we describe our experience in H1N1-induced ARDS using both ventilation strategy and ECMO assistance. (More)
Heart involvement is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in autoimmune diseases. All cardiac structures can be involved: pericardium, endocardium, myocardium, coronary circle, and conduction system. In the last decade many patients affected by autoimmune diseases have been treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; the vast majority of(More)