Robert D. Fitzgerald

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To determine possible changes in outcome from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and to compare severity of lung injury and methods of treatment from 1967 to 1994. Computerized (Medline, Current Contents) and manual (Cumulated Index Medicus) literature search using the key word and/or title ARDS. Only clinical studies published as full papers(More)
UNLABELLED We report the occurrence of an intraoperative left atrial hematoma during coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. Echocardiography proved to be of great help in diagnosis and monitoring of this patient. After severe hemodynamic impairment the patient recovered and could be transferred on postoperative day eight. Follow-up examination showed no(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE CobraPLUS and Cookgas air-Q are supraglottic airways expected to allow safe ventilation as well as reliable blind intubation. In a prospective, controlled trial, we hypothesised that quality of ventilation and success rate of blind endotracheal intubation of these new devices would be superior to the Fastrach intubating laryngeal(More)
Mumps is a contagious vaccine-preventable viral disease that is experiencing a revival in students attending second and third level colleges. Large mumps outbreaks have been reported in several countries despite the presence of childhood immunisation programmes over many years, including measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination. In 2008, 1,377 cases of(More)
BACKGROUND Recruitment maneuvers performed in early adult respiratory distress syndrome remain a matter of dispute in patients ventilated with low tidal volumes and high levels of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP). In this prospective, randomized controlled study the authors evaluated the impact of recruitment maneuvers after a PEEP trial on(More)
One of the main obstacles of organ transplantation all over the world is the insufficient number of available cadaveric organs. Various attempts are considered to increase the consent rate. Financial incentives as a possibility to raise the number of procured organs is a very controversial topic. Arguments for and against financial incentives are presented(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the interaction of recruitment maneuvers and prone positioning on gas exchange and venous admixture in patients with early extrapulmonary acute respiratory distress syndrome ventilated with high levels of positive end-expiratory pressure. We hypothesized that a sustained inflation performed after 6 hrs of prone positioning would induce(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate patients without prior pulmonary disease after cardiac surgery and to determine whether resistive unloading by automatic tube compensation, pressure support ventilation, and continuous positive airway pressure has different effects on oxygen consumption, breathing pattern, gas exchange, and hemodynamics. DESIGN Prospective,(More)
Genital Chlamydia trachomatis (GCT) infection is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Ireland. A retrospective analysis of 2,087 laboratory-confirmed GCT patient episodes from 2001 to 2006 in the Mid-West of Ireland was undertaken in conjunction with statutorily notifiable data that were reported by the Sexually Transmitted(More)