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Decreased antibiotic susceptibility among microorganisms isolated from intensive care unit (ICU) patients is found to be associated with high total antibiotic consumption or inappropriate use of antibiotics in the ICUs. The aims of this study were: 1) to characterize the antibiotic consumption in Danish ICUs, and in four ICUs with expectedly large… (More)
BACKGROUND An out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is associated with a poor prognosis. We hypothesized that the implementations of 2005 European Resuscitation Council resuscitation guidelines were associated with improved 30-day survival after OHCA. METHODS We prospectively recorded data on all patients with OHCA treated by the Mobile Emergency Care… (More)
BACKGROUND Resuscitation guidelines for the treatment of accidental hypothermia are based primarily on isolated cases. Mortality rates are high despite aggressive treatment aimed at restoring spontaneous circulation and normothermia. METHODS The present report is based on a boating accident where 15 healthy subjects (median age 16 (range 15-45) years)… (More)
INTRODUCTION Rapid recognition of stroke is important because it allows early brain imaging and management such as thrombolytic therapy. We evaluated the identification of the diagnosis acute cerebrovascular incident in a physician-based prehospital emergency medical system. METHODS From the Copenhagen Mobile Emergency Care Unit (MECU) register we… (More)
A young man was accidentally intoxicated with isobutyl nitrite by a threefold lethal dose. Due to nitrites' ability to change hemoglobine into methemoglobine the patient showed signs of severe hypoxia, which could not be treated by conventional means. Therefore the patient was rapidly transferred to a hyperbaric chamber. The patient was treated with pure… (More)
We here present three cases in which a new device, the ITClamp Hemorrhage Control System (Innovative Trauma Care, Inc., Edmonton, Canada), was used for bleeding control and for securing a chest tube.
The current guidelines for resucitation following hypothermia and submersion with cardiac arrest state that rewarming should be continued until a core temperature of 32-34°C is achieved, after which death can be declared if no return of spontaneous circulation has occurred. As no randomized, controlled trials exist, these treatment guidelines are mostly… (More)