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Background On the written test of board certification examination for anaesthesiology, the probability of a question being answered correctly is subject to two main factors, item difficulty and examinee ability. Thus, item analysis can provide insight into the appropriateness of a particular...
Background We assessed the analgesic efficacy of parecoxib, acetaminophen, and the combination of both compared with placebo in patients undergoing elective thyroid or parathyroid surgery. Methods We randomized 140 patients to receive one of the following i.v. treatments using a double-blinded...
Background Central orexinergic and noradrenergic neurones are involved in the control of sleep and wakefulness. In addition, previous reports suggest that both neurones may have an important role to play in general anaesthesia. In the present study, we have determined whether general anaesthesia...
Background Lidocaine and bupivacaine are commonly infiltrated into surgical cutaneous wounds to provide local anaesthesia after surgical procedures. However, very little is known about their effects on cutaneous wound healing. If an inhibitory effect is demonstrated, then the balance between the...
Background We investigated the accuracy of the (normalized) RIII reflex threshold, the bispectral index (BIS), and the end-tidal sevoflurane concentration for predicting movement responses during mono-anaesthesia using sevoflurane. Methods Fourteen male subjects were included. Each received a...
Background Traditionally, the clinical potency of neuromuscular blocking drugs has been measured using linear regression analysis (LRA) after log dose and probit or logit data transformation. However, probit and logit analyses are meant to handle only quantal responses with binomial error...
Background Balloon dilatational tracheostomy using the Ciaglia Blue Dolphin device has recently been introduced as a modification of the Ciaglia technique. The aim of this study was to compare the new Dolphin system with the single-step dilatational tracheostomy (Ciaglia Blue Rhino) in intensive...
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