Rafał Drwiła

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Hypothermic patients may be rewarmed using passive or active techniques. In case of severe accidental hypothermia (temperature<28°C) and stage III/IV according to the Swiss Staging System, standard methods might not be effective and aggressive treatment is needed. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has proved to be both effective and safe in such(More)
BACKGROUND Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common complication in intensive care patients. Patients are most likely to be affected after abdominal and thoracic surgery. METHODS The aim of the study was to analyze the epidemiology and aetiology of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) following coronary artery surgery. Suspected cases were(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of hypothermia is difficult to evaluate, and the data concerning the morbidity and mortality rates do not seem to fully represent the problem. The aim of the study was to estimate the actual prevalence of accidental hypothermia in Poland, as well as the methods of diagnosis and management procedures used in emergency rooms (ERs). (More)
Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have a favorable benefit-risk profile compared with vitamin K antagonists. However, the lack of specific reversal agents has made the management of some patients receiving long-term treatment with NOACs problematic in emergency situations such as major bleeding events or urgent procedures. Idarucizumab, a(More)
Microbiological diagnosis of sepsis relies primarily on blood culture data. This study compares four diagnostic methods, i.e. those developed by us: nested, multiplex, qPCR (qPCR) and FISH with commercial methods: SeptiFast (Roche) (SF) and BacT/ALERT® 3D blood culture system (bioMérieux). Blood samples were derived from adult patients with clinical(More)
OBJECTIVES When establishing the Severe Hypothermia Treatment Centre, certain problems and pitfalls regarding the qualification for extracorporeal rewarming were encountered. The authors shared their experience and opened a discussion with other centers that deal with severe, accidental hypothermia. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of medical records of all(More)
OBJECTIVE In spite of the advances in technology and surgical techniques, cardiac surgical operations with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) are still associated with pulmonary morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study is to morphologically analyze the structure of air-blood barriers in patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting(More)