Simon Hillier

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The physiology of the preterm and term neonate is characterized by a high metabolic rate, limited pulmonary, cardiac and thermoregulatory reserve, and decreased renal function. Multisystem immaturity creates important developmental differences in drug handling and response when compared to the older child or adult. Neonatal anesthetic management requires an(More)
Pulmonary hypertension frequently complicates the postoperative management of patients after congenital cardiac surgery. Inhaled nitric oxide is an effective treatment option, but rebound pulmonary hypertension can occur upon its withdrawal. Sildenafil may facilitate its withdrawal by restoring cyclic guanosine monophosphate availability via(More)
One mission of medical informatics is to provide physicians, nurses, and other health care providers with the technology and tools for interpreting large and diverse data sets, so that appropriate critical care decisions can be facilitated. Ideally, medical data visualization provides the means to transform data into information and contextual knowledge(More)
Pulmonary microvessels (<70 microm) lack a complete muscular media. We tested the hypothesis that these thin-walled vessels do not participate in the hypoxic pressor response. Isolated canine lobes were pump perfused at precisely known microvascular pressures. A videomicroscope, coupled to a computerized image-enhancement system, permitted accurate diameter(More)
Profound hypothermic circulatory arrest (PHCA) is followed by a transient period of increased intracranial pressure and a longer period of neurophysiologic dysfunction. To investigate the effect of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) with PHCA on cerebral hemodynamics, we used transcranial Doppler sonography to measure cerebral blood flow velocity in 10 neonates(More)
To determine the effects of cardiopulmonary bypass with profound hypothermic circulatory arrest (PHCA) on anterior fontanel pressure (AFP) and visual evoked potentials (VEPs), 21 neonates and infants undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) with PHCA for surgical correction of congenital heart defects were studied. Mean (+/- SD) minimum nasopharyngeal,(More)
To investigate the role of anaesthetic management in early extubation of the trachea in children after closure of a secundum-type atrial septal defect (ASD II), a retrospective chart review for a two-year period was performed. We identified 36 children who underwent surgical repair of an isolated ASD II. In 19 children (53%) the tracheas were extubated in(More)
Severe veno-occlusive disease (VOD) of the liver is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing transplantation. While surgical portosystemic shunts have been reported to be useful in the treatment of severe hepatic VOD with intractable ascites, few of these patients are surgical candidates. We report a case of severe VOD after(More)
Direct laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation may be associated with increased heart rate, arterial blood pressure, cardiac index, and systemic vascular resistance. These responses have been attributed to sympathoadrenal stimulation. However, the studies measuring distribution of blood flow to various organs are limited. We prospectively evaluated blood flow(More)
The piglet scaled cortical impact model creates a focal contusion using a skull-mounted, spring-loaded blunt indentation device scaled to achieve identical tissue strains in subjects with different brain sizes. Preliminary data showed that contusion size increased proportional to subject age. This study details the results from a new, larger series of(More)