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Original Research

Diagnostic Utility of Plasma Procalcitonin for Nosocomial Pneumonia in the Intensive Care Unit Setting
by John Dallas, Sarah M Brown, Karl Hock, Mitchell G Scott, Lee P Skrupky, Walter A Boyle III and Marin H Kollef—St Louis, Missouri
A Risk Tertiles Model for Predicting Mortality in Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Age, Plateau Pressure, and PaO2/FIO2 at ARDS Onset Can Predict Mortality
by Jesús Villar—Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Lina Pérez-Méndez, Santiago Basaldúa—Tenerife, Spain
Jesús Blanco—Valladolid, Spain
Gerardo Aguilar—Valencia, Spain
Darío Toral—Madrid, Spain
Elizabeth Zavala—Barcelona, Spain,
Miguel A Romera—Madrid, Spain,
Gumersindo González-Díaz—Murcia, Spain,
Frutos del Nogal—Madrid, Spain,
Antonio Santos-Bouza—Santiago de Compostela, Spain,
Luís Ramos—La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain,
Santiago Macías—Segovia, Spain,
and Robert M Kacmarek—Boston, Massachusetts
Hospitales Españoles Para el Estudio de la Lesión Pulmonar (HELP) Network
Pilot Study of a New Device to Titrate Oxygen Flow in Hypoxic Patients on Long-Term Oxygen Therapy
by Serena Cirio and Stefano Nava—Pavia, Italy
Symmetrical-Waveform High-Frequency Oscillation Increases Artificial Mucus Flow Without Changing Basal Mucus Transport in In Vitro Ovine Trachea
by Stanislav Tatkov and Rodger J Pack—Palmerston North, New Zealand
Transcutaneous Measurement of Carbon Dioxide Tension During Extended Monitoring: Evaluation of Accuracy and Stability, and an Algorithm for Correcting Calibration Drift
by David J Berlowitz, Jo Spong, Fergal J O’Donoghue, Rob J Pierce, Douglas J Brown—Heidelberg, Australia
Donald A Campbell—Clayton, Australia
Peter G Catcheside—Daw Park, Australia
Ian Gordon—Melbourne, Australia
and Peter D Rochford—Heidelberg, Australia
Predicted Postoperative Product and Diffusion Heterogeneity Index in the Evaluation of Candidates for Lung Resection
by Jeng-Shing Wang—Pingtung, Taiwan
Raja T Abboud—Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
and Brian L Graham—Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Effects of Mean Arterial Pressure and Needle Size on Arterial Sampler Filling Time
by Kimberly L Johnson, Ashley J Johnson, Katherine A Barnes,
and F Herbert Douce—Columbus, Ohio
Classifying Different Types of Double Triggering Based on Airway Pressure and Flow Deflection in Mechanically Ventilated Patients
by Kuang-Ming Liao, Chih-Ying Ou, and Chang-Wen Chen—Tainan, Taiwan
Electrocardiographic Guidance for the Placement of Gastric Feeding Tubes: A Pediatric Case Series
by Michael L Green, Brian K Walsh, Gerhard K Wolf,
and John H Arnold—Boston, Massachusetts
Assessment of Accuracy of the Vacu-Med 17053 Calibrator for Ventilation, Oxygen Uptake, and Carbon Dioxide Production
by Jennifer A Bunn—Buies Creek, North Carolina
Jesse L Pittsley—Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Scott V Baker—Bellevue, Washington
and JW Yates—Lexington, Kentucky


Tiotropium for Treatment of Stable COPD: A Meta-analysis of Clinically Relevant Outcomes
by Abebaw Mengistu Yohannes, Thomas George Willgoss,
and Jørgen Vestbo—Manchester, United Kingdom
Respiratory Care Year in Review: Part 1. Asthma, COPD, Pulmonary Function Testing, Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
by Bruce K Rubin—Richmond, Virginia
Rajiv Dhand—Columbia, Missouri
Gregg L Ruppel—St Louis, Missouri
Richard D Branson—Cincinnati, Ohio
and Dean R Hess—Boston, Massachusetts

AARC Clinical Practice Guideline

Capnography/Capnometry During Mechanical Ventilation: 2011
by Brian K Walsh—Dallas, Texas
David N Crotwell—Seattle, Washington
and Ruben D Restrepo—San Antonio, Texas

Case Reports

Optimal PEEP Guided by Esophageal Balloon Manometry
by Tom Piraino and Deborah J Cook—Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Customization of an Open-Lung Ventilation Strategy to Treat a Case of Life-Threatening Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
by David A Grooms, Stephen H Sibole, James R Tomlinson,
Paul E Marik—Norfolk, Virginia
and Robert L Chatburn—Cleveland, Ohio
Experience With a New Device for Clearing Mucus From the Endotracheal Tube
by Robert H Stone and Stephen S Bricknell—Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Teaching Cases of the Month

Hematologic Abnormalities Associated With Lung Carcinoma
by Majid Shafiq and Saiprakash Venkateshiah—Atlanta, Georgia
Cardiac Arrest Following Foreign-Body Aspiration
by Sally Cheukying Wong—Norfolk, United Kingdom
and Syed Mohammad Tariq—Luton, United Kingdom


Plasma Procalcitonin: Another Arrow in Our Quiver?
by Charles-Edouard Luyt and Jean Chastre—Paris, France
The Siren Song of Simple Tools That Predict Mortality
by Colin R Cooke—Ann Arbor, Michigan
Patient-Centric LTOT: No Room for Complacency
by Patrick J Dunne—Fullerton, California
and Robert W McCoy—Apple Valley, Minnesota

Books, Software, and Other Media

Asthma: A Clinician’s Guide (Clark MV)
reviewed by Edward Carter—Seattle Washington
Molecular Basis of Pulmonary Disease: Insights From Rare Lung Disorders (McCormack FX, Panos RJ, Trapnell BC, editors)
reviewed by Bruce L Davidson—Seattle, Washington
Thoracic Imaging (Galanski M)
reviewed by Laura K Nason—Seattle, Washington
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