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OBJECTIVE The aim was to develop a practical method for estimation of the volume of pleural effusion using ultrasonography in mechanically ventilated patients. DESIGN Prospective observational study. SETTING 20-bed general intensive care unit in the university hospital. PATIENTS AND PARTICIPANTS 81 patients were included after initial suspicion of(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy and safety of prostacyclin (PGI2) and citrate (ACD) anticoagulation were observed and compared during continuous haemodiafiltration. METHODS Mechanically ventilated patients received either the PGI2 analogue epoprostenol (group A, n = 17) in escalating doses of 4.5-10.0 ng.kg(-1).min(-1) in combination with heparin (6(More)
OBJECTIVE Aspirin therapy decreases mortality and ischemic complication rates after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, platelet inhibition after oral aspirin seems to be insufficient in the early postoperative period. There are incomplete data reporting aspirin efficacy early after CABG. The aim of this study was to assess the pharmacologic(More)
CardioARM, a highly flexible "snakelike" medical robotic system (Medrobotics, Raynham, MA), has been developed to allow physicians to view, access, and perform complex procedures intrapericardially on the beating heart through a single-access port. Transthoracic epicardial catheter mapping and ablation has emerged as a strategy to treat arrhythmias,(More)
INTRODUCTION The outcome of the operation of the Ebstein anomaly in adulthood depends on the experience of the surgical team. METHODS AND RESULTS We operated 38 adult patients with Ebstein anomaly at the age of 34.8 ± 12.7 (19-63) years at the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Hospital Na Homolce, Prague, in the period of 2005-2013. The majority of patients(More)
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