[abstract] INTERACTION BETWEEN AN HYPERBARIC CENTER AND AN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT.

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[abstract] INTERACTION BETWEEN AN HYPERBARIC CENTER AND AN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT.

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Title: [abstract] INTERACTION BETWEEN AN HYPERBARIC CENTER AND AN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT.
Author: Ferri, C; Robuschi, A; Mianiti, AM; Vulcano, AR; Chiesa, W; Maffi, B; Artusi, M; Norini, F; Cardelli, D; Vezzani, G
Abstract: BACKGROUND: since January '90 an hyperbaric center equipped with a multiplace air-compressed chamber, is active in our hospital. In our study we wanted to evaluate the impact of the patients, treated in hyperbaric chamber (HBOps), on the activity of the ICU. METHODS: from January '90 to November '99, 1,954 patients were admitted to ICU, of these 216 (11.0%) underwent hyperbaric treatment for the following pathologies: soft tissue infection. (STI, N= 114), compartment syndrome (N=13), carbon monoxide poisoning (N=89). STI included the following pathologies: severe open fracture with sepsis (N= 31), diabetic foot ( 4°-5° Wagner with sepis N= 3) necrotizing fasciitis (N=28), clostridial myonecrosis (N= 24), Fournier's gangrene (N= 28). On an average, each patients remained in ICU for 14 days. RESULTS: our datas show a non-relevant impact of the HBOps on the total number of the ICU patients. CONCLUSION: despite the low percentage of the HBOps (11%) admitted to ICU, their being mostly septic patients, 114/216 (52.7%), unavoidably raises the average cost of hospitalization in ICU.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/6861
Date: 2000

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