Vivek Sabharwal

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OBJECTIVE Monitoring critically ill, brain-injured patients with a decreased level of consciousness is challenging. Our goal is to determine in this population the correlation between the Bispectral Index (BIS) and three commonly used sedation agitation scales: the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS), the Sedation-Agitation Scale (SAS) and the Glasgow(More)
Retrospective analysis was conducted of patients with SRSE who were treated simultaneously with propofol and ketamine. Sixty-seven patients were identified from 2012 to 2015, and outcomes documented were resolution and mortality. The duration of combined ketamine and propofol use ranged from 1 to 28 days (mean - 3.6 days). Infusion rates ranged up to 145(More)
BACKGROUND Advance directives guide healthcare providers to listen to and respect patients' wishes regarding their right to die in circumstances when cardiopulmonary resuscitation is required, and hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission are required to have a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) policy in place. However, when surgery and anesthesia are necessary(More)
United States (US) and worldwide telestroke programs frequently focus only on emergency room hyper-acute stroke management. This article describes a comprehensive, telemedicine-enabled, stroke care delivery system that combines "drip and ship" and "drip and keep" models with a comprehensive stroke center primary hub at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans,(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of intraoperative leukocyte reduction of administered blood products on the incidence of acute cellular rejection and postoperative patient outcome. DESIGN Prospective, nonrandomized, historical control study. SETTING Academic tertiary medical center. PATIENTS The study group (Group 1) consisted of 30(More)
An 8-year-old girl treated at our facility for superrefractory status epilepticus was found to have a low pyridoxine level at 5 μg/L. After starting pyridoxine supplementation, improvement in the EEG for a 24-hour period was seen. We decided to look at the pyridoxine levels in adult patients admitted with status epilepticus. We reviewed the records on(More)
The authors report the first case of propofol use for the control of non-epileptic involuntary movements in a patient with postviral encephalitis. The withdrawal from propofol was associated with re-emergence of involuntary movements. The patient was maintained on propofol infusion for 6 months while a series of medications were used in an attempt to(More)
Two cases of inadvertent dural puncture in patients at high risk for dural puncture headache are presented. These patients were managed with an immediate epidural blood patch through a catheter placed at another level with placement of this catheter occurring immediately following the dural puncture. Following the blood patch, the patients were anesthetized(More)
A restrospective review of patients treated in the ICU for refractory status epilepticus who had received an initial IV loading dose of lacosamide (LCS) was performed. A total of 142 patients were identified. The first 34 patients received 400mg which by weight-based measurement ranged from 2 to 11 mg/kg. Higher mg/kg dosing had been used subsequently with(More)
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