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  1. Research article

    The communication between patient relatives and physicians in intensive care units

    Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are often physically unable to communicate with their physicians. Thus, the sharing of information about the on-going treatment of the patients in ICUs is directly relat...

    Faruk Cicekci, Numan Duran, Bunyamin Ayhan, Sule Arican, Omur Ilban, Iskender Kara, Melda Turkoglu, Fatma Yildirim, Ismail Hasirci, Adnan Karaibrahimoglu and Inci Kara

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:97

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Assessing anesthesiology residents’ out-of-the-operating-room (OOOR) emergent airway management

    At many academic institutions, anesthesiology residents are responsible for managing emergent intubations outside of the operating room (OOOR), with complications estimated to be as high as 39%. In order to cr...

    Lauryn R. Rochlen, Michelle Housey, Ian Gannon, Shannon Mitchell, Deborah M. Rooney, Alan R. Tait and Milo Engoren

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:96

    Published on: 15 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Cyclic PaO2 oscillations assessed in the renal microcirculation: correlation with tidal volume in a porcine model of lung lavage

    Oscillations of the arterial partial pressure of oxygen induced by varying shunt fractions occur during cyclic alveolar recruitment within the injured lung. Recently, these were proposed as a pathomechanism th...

    Rainer Thomas, Christian Möllmann, Alexander Ziebart, Tanghua Liu, Matthias David and Erik K. Hartmann

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:92

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Combatting pain after orthopedic/trauma surgery- perioperative oral extended-release tapentadol vs. extended-release oxycodone/naloxone

    High post-operative pain scores after “minor” orthopedic/trauma surgery are in part attributed to inadequate prescription of opioid analgesics. Novel concepts aiming to achieve sufficient analgesia while minim...

    Gertrud Haeseler, Dirk Schaefers, Natalie Prison, Jörg Ahrens, Xiaofei Liu and Annika Karch

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:91

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  5. Research article

    End-of-life perceptions among physicians in intensive care units managed by anesthesiologists in Germany: a survey about structure, current implementation and deficits

    Structural aspects and current practice about end-of-life (EOL) decisions in German intensive care units (ICUs) managed by anesthesiologists are unknown. A survey among intensive care anesthesiologists has bee...

    Manfred Weiss, Andrej Michalsen, Anke Toenjes, Franz Porzsolt, Thomas Bein, Marc Theisen, Alexander Brinkmann, Heinrich Groesdonk, Christian Putensen, Friedhelm Bach and Dietrich Henzler

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:93

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  6. Case report

    Surgical anesthesia with a combination of T12 paravertebral block and lumbar plexus, sacral plexus block for hip replacement in ankylosing spondylitis: CARE-compliant 4 case reports

    Anesthesia management for patients with severe ankylosing spondylitis scheduled for total hip arthroplasty is challenging due to a potential difficult airway and difficult neuraxial block. We report 4 cases wi...

    Xijian Ke, Ji Li, Yong Liu, Xi Wu and Wei Mei

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:86

    Published on: 26 June 2017

  7. Research article

    Gabapentin in procedure-specific postoperative pain management – preplanned subgroup analyses from a systematic review with meta-analyses and trial sequential analyses

    It has been argued that postoperative pain treatment should be “procedure-specific”, since different analgesics may have specific effects dependent on the surgical procedure. The aim of the present subgroup an...

    Maria Louise Fabritius, Anja Geisler, Pernille Lykke Petersen, Jørn Wetterslev, Ole Mathiesen and Jørgen Berg Dahl

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:85

    Published on: 21 June 2017

  8. Research article

    Risk factors for pulmonary complications after hepatic resection: role of intraoperative hemodynamic instability and hepatic ischemia

    Postoperative operative pulmonary complications (PPCs) after hepatic surgery are associated with increased length of hospital stays. Intraoperative blood transfusion, extensive resection and different comorbid...

    Victoria Lepere, Antoine Vanier, Yann Loncar, Louis Lemoine, Jean Christophe Vaillant, Antoine Monsel, Eric Savier, Pierre Coriat and Daniel Eyraud

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:84

    Published on: 20 June 2017

  9. Research article

    Lipid emulsion mitigates impaired pulmonary function induced by limb ischemia/reperfusion in rats through attenuation of local cellular injury and the subsequent systemic inflammatory

    Limb ischemia/reperfusion causes inflammation and elicits oxidative stress that may lead to local tissue damage and remote organ such as lung injury. This study investigates pulmonary function after limb ische...

    Fangfang Xia, Yun Xia, Sisi Chen, Lulu Chen, Weijuan Zhu, Yuanqing Chen, Thomas J. Papadimos, Xuzhong Xu and Le Liu

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:83

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  10. Research article

    Systolic blood pressure variability in patients with early severe sepsis or septic shock: a prospective cohort study

    Severe sepsis and septic shock are often lethal syndromes, in which the autonomic nervous system may fail to maintain adequate blood pressure. Heart rate variability has been associated with outcomes in sepsis...

    Yi Tang, Jeff Sorenson, Michael Lanspa, Colin K. Grissom, V.J. Mathews and Samuel M. Brown

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:82

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  11. Research article

    Effects of immunonutrition on biomarkers in traumatic brain injury patients in Malaysia: a prospective randomized controlled trial

    Head injury is one of the top three diagnosis leading to intensive care unit (ICU) admission in Malaysia. There has been growing interest in using immunonutrition as a mode of modulating the inflammatory respo...

    Vineya Rai Hakumat Rai, Lee Fern Phang, Sheau Fung Sia, Amirah Amir, Jeyaganesh S. Veerakumaran, Mustafa Kassim Abdulazez Kassim, Rafidah Othman, Pei Chien Tah, Pui San Loh, Mohamad Irfan Othman Jailani and Gracie Ong

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:81

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  12. Research article

    Clinical application of a novel endoscopic mask: a randomized controlled, multi-center trial in patients undergoing awake fiberoptic bronchoscopic intubation

    Awake fiberoptic bronchoscopic tracheal intubation is usually regarded as an effective method in the management of predicted difficult airway. Hypoxia during awake nasal fiberoptic bronchoscopic intubation lea...

    Tianxiao Zou, Zhenling Huang, Xiaoxue Hu, Guangyu Cai, Miao He, Shanjuan Wang, Ping Huang and Bin Yu

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:79

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  13. Research article

    Two-minute disconnection technique with a double-lumen tube to speed the collapse of the non-ventilated lung for one-lung ventilation in thoracoscopic surgery

    Thoracic surgery requires the effective collapse of the non-ventilated lung. In the majority of cases, we accomplished, accelerated lung collapse using a double-lumen tube (DLT). We hypothesized that using the...

    Qiongzhen Li, Xiaofeng Zhang, Jingxiang Wu and Meiying Xu

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:80

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  14. Research article

    Effect of a simulation-based workshop on breaking bad news for anesthesiology residents: an intervention study

    Breaking bad news (BBN) to patients and their relatives is a complex and stressful task. The ideal structure, training methods and assessment instruments best used to teach and assess BBN for anesthesiology re...

    Vanda Yazbeck Karam, Hanane Barakat, Marie Aouad, Ilene Harris, Yoon Soo Park, Nazih Youssef, John Jack Boulet and Ara Tekian

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:77

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  15. Research article

    Moxifloxacin monotherapy versus combination therapy in patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia evoked ARDS

    We tested the hypothesis that moxifloxacin monotherapy is equally effective and safe as a betalactam antibiotic based combination therapy in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) evoked by s...

    Tim Rahmel, Sven Asmussen, Jan Karlik, Jörg Steinmann, Michael Adamzik and Jürgen Peters

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:78

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  16. Research article

    Sensitivity to Sevoflurane anesthesia is decreased in mice with a congenital deletion of Guanylyl Cyclase-1 alpha

    Volatile anesthetics increase levels of the neurotransmitter nitric oxide (NO) and the secondary messenger molecule cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) in the brain. NO activates the enzyme guanylyl cyclase ...

    Yasuko Nagasaka, Martin Wepler, Robrecht Thoonen, Patrick Y. Sips, Kaitlin Allen, Jan A. Graw, Vincent Yao, Sara M. Burns, Stefan Muenster, Peter Brouckaert, Keith Miller, Ken Solt, Emmanuel S. Buys, Fumito Ichinose and Warren M. Zapol

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:76

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  17. Research article

    Dose-dependent effects of intravenous methoxamine infusion during hip-joint replacement surgery on postoperative cognitive dysfunction and blood TNF-α level in elderly patients: a randomized controlled trial

    Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), common in elderly patients, is thought to be closely associated with intraoperative instability of hemodynamics and excessive excretion of tumor necrosis factor-α (T...

    Shenghui Sun, Defeng Sun, Lin Yang, Jun Han, Ruochuan Liu and Lijie Wang

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:75

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  18. Research article

    Determining the amount of training needed for competency of anesthesia trainees in ultrasonographic identification of the cricothyroid membrane

    Airway guidelines recommend the use of ultrasound to localize the cricothyroid membrane prior to airway manipulation in difficult airways. In this study, we aimed to determine the amount of training anesthesia...

    Katia F. Oliveira, Cristian Arzola, Xiang Y. Ye, Jefferson Clivatti, Naveed Siddiqui and Kong E. You-Ten

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:74

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  19. Research article

    Background anaesthetic agents do not influence the impact of arginine vasopressin on haemodynamic states and cerebral oxygenation during shoulder surgery in the beach chair position: a prospective, single-blind study

    Administration of arginine vasopressin (AVP) is associated with reducing jugular venous (SjvO2) and regional cerebral (rScO2) oxygen saturation under propofol-remifentanil (P/R) anaesthesia. We determined whether...

    Eun-A Jang, Ji-A Song, Ji Youn Shin, Jae Joon Yoon, Kyung Yeon Yoo and Seongtae Jeong

    BMC Anesthesiology 2017 17:73

    Published on: 30 May 2017

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