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OBJECTIVE The aim was to evaluate the complications and practicability of percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT) with and without video endoscopic guidance in critically ill patients. METHODS In a retrospective review of patients admitted to a multidisciplinary ICU, PDT was performed under bronchoscopic control in 74 patients and without bronchoscopic(More)
The use of thrombolytics for the treatment of massive pulmonary embolism with cardiopulmonary resuscitation is being controversially discussed. This is one of the first reports on the successful use of tenecteplase in a 59-year-old man who survived a massive pulmonary embolism after tracheostomy followed by a 30-minute cardiopulmonary resuscitation without(More)
BACKGROUND Post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) is the most common complication of procedures in which the dura mater is penetrated. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effectiveness of caudal saline injections as a therapeutic approach for handling post-dural puncture headache. STUDY DESIGN Prospective observational study between 1995 and 2010. SETTING(More)
OBJECTIVES In a randomized, double-blind trial, the synergistic action of intravenous parecoxib, metamizol or paracetamol on postoperative piritramide consumption was compared in patients recovering from total thyroidectomy during the first 24 h while evaluating pain intensity and patient satisfaction. METHODS 120 patients were randomly allocated to four(More)
Changes in intraocular pressure (IOP) and hemodynamics (SP, DP and HR) were measured in 105 patients ASA I and II randomly assigned into seven equal and comparable groups (A to G) during induction of anesthesia and endotracheal intubation facilitated either by succinylcholine or atracurium with or without lidocaine. IOP decreased significantly (p less than(More)
BACKGROUND Following laparoscopic cholecystectomy, an effective post-operative pain control is necessary, at least during the first 24 hours. We present a randomized, double-blind trial on the effect of the combined use of intravenous parecoxib, and metamizol or paracetamol on piritramide consumption using a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump in(More)
In a prospective observational study we compared the results of 297 elective tracheostomies under jet-ventilation with regard to its complication rate and practicability. Of those, 156 patients underwent surgically created tracheostomy (SCT) and 141 patients percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT). Initially, in 159 patients jet-ventilation was performed(More)
Purpose. In a randomized, double-blind trial, the efficacy of nonopioid analgesics on postoperative piritramide consumption was compared for pain relief during the first 24 h in patients recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Methods. 120 patients were treated with normal saline and/or one of the nonopioid analgesics (parecoxib, metamizole, paracetamol)(More)
In an attempt to reduce the dose of local anesthetic during intravenous (IV) regional anesthesia of the upper limb, we combined 100 mg of lidocaine with 0.05 mg of fentanyl and 0.5 mg of pancuronium. The study was designed in a randomized, double-blind fashion to determine the efficacy of this approach in providing analgesia and relaxation during surgery(More)