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BACKGROUND Reintubation is associated with high mortality. Identification of methods to avoid reintubation is needed. The aim of this study was to assess whether prophylactic noninvasive ventilation (NIV) would benefit patients with various cough strengths. METHODS We prospectively enrolled 356 patients who successfully passed a spontaneous breathing(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the prognostic significance of endocan, compared with procalcitonin (PCT), C-reactive protein (CRP),white blood cells (WBC), neutrophils (N), and clinical severity scores in patients with ARDS. METHODS A total of 42 patients with ARDS were initially enrolled, and there were 20 nonsurvivors and 22 survivors based on hospital(More)
To develop and validate a scale using variables easily obtained at the bedside for prediction of failure of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in hypoxemic patients. The test cohort comprised 449 patients with hypoxemia who were receiving NIV. This cohort was used to develop a scale that considers heart rate, acidosis, consciousness, oxygenation, and respiratory(More)
BACKGROUND Noninvasive ventilation (NIV), a technique widely used in intensive care units (ICUs), eliminates the need for many patients in respiratory failure to undergo intubation. However, few articles have described how to wean patients from NIV. Herein, we put forward a protocol to be performed by respiratory therapists to wean patients from NIV. (More)
BACKGROUND Tracheotomy patients who are difficult to wean from ventilation consume a substantial portion of intensive care unit (ICU) resources. These patients also typically undergo a long period of mechanical ventilation (MV) and have a high mortality rate. The efficacy of a dual-mode weaning strategy (alternation of invasive and noninvasive MV) in(More)
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