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Searching for humanity in the time of COVID [Editorial]

Tandon, Suman; Medamana, John; Roccaforte, J David
PMID: 32894335
ISSN: 1432-1238
CID: 4588782

You're wrong, I'm right : dueling authors reexamine classic teachings in anesthesia

Scher, Corey S; Clebone, Anna; Miller, Sanford M; Roccaforte, J; Capan, Levon M
[S.l.] : Springer, 2016
Extent: xxvi, 457 p.
ISBN: 9783319431673
CID: 2451792

Mechanical Ventilation in the Operating Room

Chapter by: Rafii, Sauman; Roccaforte, J. David
in: The Anesthesia guide by Atchabahian, Arthur; Gupta, Ruchir (Eds)
New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, 2013
pp. ?-?
ISBN: 0071760490
CID: 2748582

Electrolyte Abnormalities (Na, K, Ca, Mg, PO4)

Chapter by: Roccaforte, J. David
in: The Anesthesia guide by Atchabahian, Arthur; Gupta, Ruchir (Eds)
New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, 2013
pp. ?-?
ISBN: 0071760490
CID: 2748572

Monitoring tracheal tube cuff pressures in the intensive care unit: a comparison of digital palpation and manometry

Morris, Luc G; Zoumalan, Richard A; Roccaforte, J David; Amin, Milan R
OBJECTIVES: Tracheal tube cuff overinflation is a recognized risk factor for tracheal injury and stenosis. International studies report a 55% to 62% incidence of cuff overinflation among intensive care unit (ICU) patients. However, there are no data on tracheotomy tubes, and no recent data from ICUs in the United States. It is unknown whether routine cuff pressure measurement is beneficial. We sought to determine the incidence of cuff overinflation in the contemporary American ICU. METHODS: We performed an Institutional Review Board-approved, prospective, observational study of endotracheal and tracheotomy tubes at 2 tertiary-care academic hospitals that monitor cuff pressure differently. At hospital A, cuff pressures are assessed by palpation; at hospital B, cuff pressures are measured via manometry. We audited cuff pressures in an unannounced fashion at these hospitals, using a handheld aneroid manometer. Cuffs were considered overinflated above 25 cm H2O. RESULTS: We enrolled 115 patients: 63 at hospital A and 52 at hospital B. Overall, 44 patients (38%) were found to have overinflated cuffs. The incidence of overinflation was identical at the 2 hospitals (38%; p = .99). Of the endotracheal tubes, 43% were overinflated, as were 32% of the tracheotomy tubes (p = .24). CONCLUSIONS: Despite increasing awareness among intensivists and respiratory therapists, the incidence of tracheal tube overinflation remains high, with both endotracheal and tracheotomy tubes. Our finding that the use of manometry to assess cuff pressures did not reduce the incidence of overinflation suggests that a more vigilant management protocol may be necessary
PMID: 17926583
ISSN: 0003-4894
CID: 74467

Disaster preparedness, triage, and surge capacity for hospital definitive care areas: optimizing outcomes when demands exceed resources

Roccaforte, J David; Cushman, James G
Disaster planning must anticipate how demands imposed by a disaster reconcile with the capacity of the treating facility. Resources must be organized before an event so that they are optimally used to treat as many victims as possible, as well as to avoid overwhelming available resources
PMID: 17400163
ISSN: 1932-2275
CID: 94477

Superficial septic thrombophlebitis [Case Report]

Katz, Steven C; Pachter, H Leon; Cushman, James G; Roccaforte, J David; Aggarwal, Sanjeev; Yee, Herman T; Nalbandian, Matthew M
PMID: 16361925
ISSN: 0022-5282
CID: 62606

The World Trade Center Attack: Observations from New York's Bellevue Hospital

Roccaforte JD
This report describes selected aspects of the response by Bellevue Hospital Center to the World Trade Center attack of 11 September 2001. The hospital is 2.5 miles (4 km) from the site of the attack. These first-hand observations and this analysis may aid in future preparations. Key issues described relate to communication, organization, injuries treated, staffing, and logistics
PMID: 11737913
ISSN: 1364-8535
CID: 26437