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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE There is an increasing need for respiratory care centers (RCCs) for patients who require prolonged mechanical ventilation after intensive care unit (ICU) stay. Nosocomial infections occur at a high rate in ICUs, but there have been few studies of nosocomial infections in RCCs in Taiwan. METHODS The infection rates, sources, and(More)
Various patterns of mid-diastolic mitral annular motion may imply different left ventricular (LV) diastolic function and filling pressure. To be a reliable marker in the evaluation of LV diastolic function and filling pressure, these findings must be validated by invasive method. Hence, this study was designed to compare the LV diastolic properties among(More)
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