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For most mechanically ventilated patients, weaning can be accomplished quickly and easily. However, there is a smaller group of ventilated patients who fail to wean and remain ventilator-dependent. These patients account for a significant amount of health care costs and pose a great challenge for...
Purpose: The tonometric detection of a high intragastric regional Pco 2 (P r co 2 ) reflecting an elevated intramucosal Pco 2 can be helpful to diagnose mucosal ischemia, if acid secretion is suppressed to avoid intragastric CO 2 production through buffering of acid by bicarbonate in the stomach....
Purpose: Procalcitonin is a new marker of severity of nonviral, in particular, bacterial infections. In respect of sepsis its site of production remains unknown. This study was carried out to determine whether subsets of human leukocytes contain procalcitonin. Materials and Methods: Blood samples...