Thomas W. Felbinger

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OBJECTIVE Stroke volume variation as measured by the analysis of the arterial pressure waveform enables prediction of volume responsiveness in ventilated patients with normal cardiac function. The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of monitoring stroke volume variation to predict volume responsiveness and to assess changes in preload in(More)
Objective: We hypothesized that measuring stroke volume variation (SVV) during mechanical ventilation by continuous arterial pulse contour analysis allows the accurate prediction and monitoring of changes in cardiac index (CI) in response to volume administration. Design and setting: Prospective study in an university hospital. Patients: Twenty mechanically(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To compare cardiac index (CI) measurement by arterial pulse contour analysis using two different algorithms (CI(PC), CI(PCnew)) with pulmonary arterial thermodilution values (CI(PA)) so as to evaluate the difference between the conventional algorithm, CI(PC), and a new algorithm, CI(PCnew), that accounts for patients' individual aortic(More)
Platelet transfusion is a very common lifesaving medical procedure. Not widely known is the fact that platelets, unlike other blood cells, rapidly leave the circulation if refrigerated prior to transfusion. This peculiarity requires blood services to store platelets at room temperature, limiting platelet supplies for clinical needs. Here, we describe the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the accuracy of measurement of intrathoracic blood volume index by single thermodilution (ITBVI*) and its sensitivity to detect changes in preload after cardiac surgery compared with conventional transpulmonary arterial dye dilution ITBVI and with conventional monitoring (central venous pressure [CVP] and left ventricular(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To compare cardiac index (CI) values obtained by pulmonary artery thermodilution (CIPA), arterial thermodilution (CITD), and arterial pulse contour analysis (CIPC) during rapid fluid administration, as accurate and rapid detection of CI changes is critical during acute preload changes for guiding volume and vasopressor therapy in critically(More)
IMPORTANCE Enteral administration of immune-modulating nutrients (eg, glutamine, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and antioxidants) has been suggested to reduce infections and improve recovery from critical illness. However, controversy exists on the use of immune-modulating enteral nutrition, reflected by lack of consensus in guidelines. OBJECTIVE To(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The efficacy of the Trendelenburg position, a common first step to treat suspected hypovolaemia, remains controversial. We evaluated its haemodynamic effects on cardiac preload and performance in patients after cardiac surgery. METHODS Twelve patients undergoing mechanical ventilation of the lungs who demonstrated left ventricular(More)
INTRODUCTION In a discordant orthotopic xenotransplantation model (pig-to-baboon) donor pigs expressing human decay accelerating factor (hDAF) as a regulator of complement activity were used to prevent hyperacute xenograft rejection (HXR). We investigated a modified immunosuppressive therapy consisting of ERL080 (Novartis Pharma AG, Base, Switzerland),(More)