Thomas John Trinder

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BACKGROUND Studies in animals and in vitro and phase 2 studies in humans suggest that statins may be beneficial in the treatment of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). This study tested the hypothesis that treatment with simvastatin would improve clinical outcomes in patients with ARDS. METHODS In this multicenter, double-blind clinical trial,(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether the daily use of 5% tea tree oil (TTO) body wash (Novabac 5% Skin Wash) compared with standard care [Johnson's Baby Softwash (JBS)] had a lower incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization. PATIENTS The study setting was two intensive care units (ICUs; mixed medical, surgical and trauma) in(More)
BACKGROUND Over the past ten years MRSA has become endemic in hospitals and is associated with increased healthcare costs. Critically ill patients are most at risk, in part because of the number of invasive therapies that they require in the intensive care unit (ICU). Washing with 5% tea tree oil (TTO) has been shown to be effective in removing MRSA on the(More)
Correction of the splanchnic oxygen deficit indicated by low gastric intramucosal pH (pHi < 7.35) appears to reduce ICU mortality. Dopexamine hydrochloride is in clinical use for this purpose but its efficacy has not been fully investigated. We report the results of a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled study with a crossover design to assess the(More)
Monitoring of gastric intramucosal pH (pHi) is advocated in critical illness to detect tissue acidosis due to regional hypoperfusion. However, the number of patients who may benefit from such monitoring remains unclear and the relationship between low pHi and outcome requires further definition. Sixty consecutive patients with Acute Physiology and Chronic(More)
Using a before and after study design, we compared protocolised weaning from mechanical ventilation with usual non-protocolised practice in intensive care. Outcomes (duration of mechanical ventilation, duration of intubation, intensive care stay) and complications (re-intubations, tracheostomy, mortality) were compared between baseline (Phase I) and(More)
Minimally invasive assessment of the adequacy of perfusion of the gastrointestinal tract has become clinically feasible with the availability of the gastric tonometer. This modified nasogastric tube permits calculation of the pH of the gut mucosal cells; a low tissue pH may indicate tissue hypoxia due to regional hypoperfusion. Such regional hypoperfusion(More)
BACKGROUND Previous work has highlighted the disadvantages of propofol as a sole agent for total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA). This randomised study investigated three combinations of propofol and alfentanil as TIVA for major thoracic surgery. METHODS In 73 patients undergoing elective thoracic surgery, anaesthesia was conducted either with sodium(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effectiveness of a 6-week exercise programme in patients discharged home following critical illness compared with standard care. DESIGN Multicentre prospective phase II randomised controlled trial, with blinded outcome assessment after hospital discharge, following the 6-week intervention and at 6 months. PARTICIPANTS 60(More)
AIM This paper is a description of a study protocol designed to evaluate the factors that enable or constrain the delivery and sustainability of Early Warning Systems and the Acute Life-threatening Events--Recognition and Treatment training course in practice. BACKGROUND Rapid response system initiatives have been introduced to try to improve early(More)