Critical Care - Volume 5, issue Suppl 1

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Electronic ISSN
1466-609X
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1364-8535

Abstract

There is much interest in outcome prediction for ICU patients and many studies have evaluated the accuracy of predictions made by ICU medical staff [1]. There is little data on the accuracy of outcome prediction made by the ward-based doctors who refer these patients for ICU admission.

As p

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 5, no. Suppl 1, 2001

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Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia carry high fatality rates. Outcome comparisons between MRSA and MSSA bac-teremic patients are difficult to perform because of important differences in severity of illness.

In a retrospective study (01/1992-12/1998), attributable mortality for MSSA and

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 5, no. Suppl 1, 2001

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Patients with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) have complex metabolic abnormalities and manifest a low pCO2 as result of respiratory compensation. During treatment, as venous pH improves, respiratory rate (RR) decreases causing an increase in pCO2. To determine the reliability an

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 5, no. Suppl 1, 2001

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Infra-renal clamping of the abdominal aorta during aneurysm repair is associated with a significant reduction in renal blood flow. Adenosine has been implicated as a mediator of renal ischemia in a number of human and animal models and its antagonism with theophylline has lead to the attenuation

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 5, no. Suppl 1, 2001

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Intensive care units account for a large proportion of hospital expenditures. The aim of the study was to evaluate different subgroups of patients for clinical outcome and cost of care.

1368 patients were prospectively studied. Demographic data, APACHE II and SOFA score, diagnostic group (T

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 5, no. Suppl 1, 2001

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Encephalopathy is a common complication of systemic sepsis, but its pathogenesis has received little attention. The adrenergic system has been implicated in the inflammatory response to sepsis and therefore the effects of adrenergic agents on the brain were investigated in an animal model of syst

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 5, no. Suppl 1, 2001

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Corticosteroids improve haemodynamic profile in patients with septic shock [1,2]. Adrenal dysfunction is common in patients with acute hepatic necrosis (AHN) and haemodynamic instability [3].

We studied 13 patients aged between 19 and 63 years with liver failure defined by the presence of e

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 5, no. Suppl 1, 2001