Verónica Martí

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INTRODUCTION Biofilm in endotracheal tubes (ETT) of ventilated patients has been suggested to play a role in the development of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Our purpose was to analyze the formation of ETT biofilm and its implication in the response and relapse of VAP. METHODS We performed a prospective, observational study in a medical intensive(More)
OBJECTIVE Increased inflammatory response is related to severity and outcome in community-acquired pneumonia, but the role of inflammatory biomarkers in deciding intensive care unit admission is unknown. We assessed the relationship between inflammatory response, prediction for intensive care unit admission, delayed intensive care unit admission, and(More)
The scientific community is fully aware of the importance of heat-related illness and heat stroke syndrome. Numerous guidelines have been recently published and most of them agree on the key role played by the intestine. Likewise, the role of endotoxinemia in the pathophysiology is well established. However, the possibility of bacterial translocation is not(More)
INTRODUCTION Patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) because of acute or decompensated chronic abdominal disease and acute respiratory failure need to have the potential infection diagnosed as well as its site (pulmonary or abdominal). For this purpose, we measured soluble triggering receptor expression on myeloid cells-1 (sTREM-1) in alveolar(More)
Mobiluncus curtisii was isolated from the blood of a 35-year-old man with a medical history of ulcerative colitis who was admitted unconscious to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). A CT scan revealed massive intracerebral hemorrhage in the left hemisphere. Temperature remained constant over 38.5 degrees C; therefore, two sets of blood cultures were collected.(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to assess surveillance cultures (SC) prediction accuracy in two periods and settings of the same Department with a different microbiological epidemiology (high and low prevalence of multi-drug resistant microorganisms (MDRM)). METHODS Prospective and observational study. SC were obtained twice a week in(More)
Biofilm formation on external ventricular drainages (EVDs) has been postulated as the main pathogenic mechanism for EVD-associated ventriculitis. However, biofilm on EVDs has never been systematically studied and the in vivo effect of antibiotic-impregnated EVDs on biofilm has not been assessed. The aim of this study was to measure the prevalence of biofilm(More)
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