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Intesive care medicine

Thomas Strøm, Torben Martinussen, Palle Toft
BACKGROUND: Standard treatment of critically ill patients undergoing mechanical ventilation is continuous sedation. Daily interruption of sedation has a beneficial effect, and in the general intesive care unit of Odense University Hospital, Denmark, standard practice is a protocol of no sedation. We aimed to establish whether duration of mechanical ventilation could be reduced with a protocol of no sedation versus daily interruption of sedation. METHODS: Of 428 patients assessed for eligibility, we enrolled 140 critically ill adult patients who were undergoing mechanical ventilation and were expected to need ventilation for more than 24 h...
February 6, 2010: Lancet
H J Bunge, G Baust, H D Pauer, E Schlesinger, R Nilius, B Zipprich
In the field of intensive care there is a rise in the number of patients with distrubed or defunct vital functions, in whom multilateral therapy on traditional lines fails. The necessity of introducing new forms of treatment has been the occasion for the development of a universal perfusion device for temporary artificial multiple-organ substitution in the Faculty of Medicine at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. This apparatus makes possible the substitution of, or support for, the functions of lungs, kidneys and liver singly or combined, via the extracorporeal treatment of the blood...
March 1976: Der Anaesthesist
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