Aims and scope

The aim of the Signa Vitae (SV) journal is to act as an unbiased and permanent forum for clinical anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine, to serve professionals dedicated to relevant fields, as a tool for easier and more effective knowledge and experience sharing, with the ultimate goal to improve patients’ outcome.
The scope of the Journal is broad, encompassing all aspects of the knowledge of clinical practice and the fundamental understanding of adult, pediatric and neonatal intensive care, as well as anesthesia and emergency medicine, to better inform and educate the global scientific community.


Open Access

The Role of B-Line Artifacts on Lung Ultrasound in Critically Ill Patients

Ana Pičuljan,Alen Protić,Mehmed Haznadar,Alan Šustić

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0041

Abstract ( 601 ) PDF (1.51 MB) ( 71 )

Open Access Special Issue

Pediatric Anesthesia Techniques during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alexander Trujillo Mejía,Fernando Arango,Cristina Osorio,Federico Ocampo,Lina Melo,Leonardo Gil

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0045

Abstract ( 787 ) PDF (193.72 kB) ( 108 )

Open Access

Role of Automatic Tube Compensation as Spontaneous Breathing Trial in Critically Ill Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Yu Chen,Xu Tian,Chun-Mei Luo,Shu-Lan Luo,Ling Lin,María F. Jiménez-Herrera

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0053

Abstract ( 431 ) PDF (828.16 kB) ( 23 )

Open Access Special Issue

Assessing Ventilation Skills by Nursing Students in Paediatric and Adult Basic Life Support: A Crossover Randomized Simulation Study Using Bag-Valve-Mask (BMV) vs Mouth-to-Mouth Ventilation (MMV)

Martín Otero-Agra,María Teresa Hermo-Gonzalo,Myriam Santos-Folgar,Felipe Fernández-Méndez,Roberto Barcala-Furelos

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0072

Abstract ( 393 ) PDF (5.83 MB) ( 32 )

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Measuring Family-centered Care in Intensive Care Units: Developing and Testing Psychometric Properties

Hasanali Jafarpoor,Parvaneh Vasli,Houman Manoochehri,Farid Zayeri

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0047

Abstract ( 410 ) PDF (349.4 kB) ( 42 )

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Effect of Telenursing on the Self-efficacy of Patients with Myocardial Infarction: A Quasi-experimental Study

Najmeh Keshavaraz,Mahin Naderifar,Mohammadreza Firouzkohi,Abdolghani Abdollahimohammad,Majid Reza Akbarizadeh

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0039

Abstract ( 421 ) PDF (166.47 kB) ( 36 )

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Effect of Baseline RDW and Troponin Levels on Prognosis in Patients with Acute Chest Pain

Hatice Şeyma Akça,Abdullah Algın,Serdar Özdemir,İbrahim Altunok,Sümeyra Acar Kurtuluş,Serkan Emre Eroğlu

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0050

Abstract ( 334 ) PDF (242.79 kB) ( 47 )

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Comparison of Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy and Ureteroscopic Lithotripsy for Upper Ureteral Calculi

Jiyu Zhao,Sheng Yang,Zejun Xiao,Jun Zhang,Jia Liu,Ying Qi,Xianen Gu

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0054

Abstract ( 263 ) PDF (190.41 kB) ( 18 )

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Evaluation of Colorectal Surgical Patients and Treatment Modalities in a COVID-19

Pandemic Hospital: A Cross-sectional Study

Muzaffer Akinci,Hilmi Bozkurt,Hüda Ümit Gür,Adil Koyuncu,Mahmut Said Değerli,Sercan Yüksel,Orçun Alpay,Ahmet Kocakuşak

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0059

Abstract ( 221 ) PDF (184.9 kB) ( 42 )

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COVID-19 Pandemic and Anxiety Related Factors in Patients Treated in the Emergency Department

Vahide Aslihan Durak,Seyda Gunay,Deniz Sigirli,Bedrettin Akova,Erol Armagan

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0051

Abstract ( 313 ) PDF (175.08 kB) ( 48 )

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Quality of Chest Compressions on A Dental Chair -- A Randomized Simulation Trial as Observation in Support of A Procedure Proposal

Tomasz Kłosiewicz,Mateusz Puślecki,Radosław Zalewski,Michał Mandecki,Ilona Skitek-Adamczak,Maciej Sip,Marek Dąbrowski,Martyna Ratajczak,Przemysław Rachubiński,Bogusz Szczepański,Marek Dorożyński,Beata Czarnecka,Bartłomiej Perek

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0073

Abstract ( 224 ) PDF (528.17 kB) ( 24 )

Open Access

Evaluation of Ventricular Repolarization Parameters in Patients Admitted to Emergency Department with Electrical Injury

Çaşıt Olgun Çelik,Orçun Çiftci,Murat Muratoğlu,İbrahim Haldun Müderrsioğlu

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0076

Abstract ( 211 ) PDF (226.68 kB) ( 26 )

Open Access

Methylene blue? Therapeutic Alternative in the Management of Septic Shock Refractory to Norepinephrine

Cristian Aragón-Benedí,Ana Pascual-Bellosta,Sonia Ortega-Lucea,Luisa Lacosta-Torrijos,Teresa Jiménez-Bernadó,Javier Martínez-Ubieto,Research group in anesthesia resuscitation and perioperative medicine of Institute for Health Research Aragón

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0063

Abstract ( 286 ) PDF (15.95 MB) ( 46 )

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Abdominal Pain and Vomiting in a Patient with Over-anticoagulation -- a Rare Case of Spontaneous Intramural Hematoma of the Jejunum

Dino Kasumović,Matej Nedić,Ana Gudelj-Gračanin,Antonela Šarac,Adrijana Perkunić

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0035

Abstract ( 368 ) PDF (335.2 kB) ( 23 )


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Is mouth-to-mouth ventilation effective in first responders? Comparing the effects between 30 : 2 algorithm versus hands-only. An exploratory pilot simulation study

Maria José Pujalte-Jesús,José Luis Díaz Agea,César Leal-Costa

Online publish date: 01 December 2020

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0062

Abstract ( 92 ) PDF (405.02 kB) ( 28 )

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Early Initiation of Veno-venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in the Emergency Room as A Salvage Treatment for Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 with Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Kenta Aida,Kazunari Azuma,Kentaro Morinaga,Yuki Nishiyama,Kazuma Kimura,Jun Oda

Online publish date: 01 December 2020

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0102

Abstract ( 34 ) PDF (281.61 kB) ( 4 )

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Association of clinical characteristics with decision making in patients with severe lower extremity trauma

Vahide Aslıhan Durak,Cenk Ermutlu,Teoman Atıcı

Online publish date: 01 December 2020

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0103

Abstract ( 34 ) PDF (300.79 kB) ( 3 )

Open Access

Fear of Covid-19 in patients with obesity and the influence on bariatric surgery rates

Mehmet Celal Kizilkaya,Erkan Somuncu

Online publish date: 01 December 2020

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0104

Abstract ( 28 ) PDF (185.36 kB) ( 10 )

Open Access

Facial expression differences indicate pain improvement at the emergency department

Kuo-Cheng Wang,Chen-June Seak,Fu-Sheng Tsai,Cheng-Yu Chien,Chi-Chun Lee,Chip-Jin Ng,Bo-Cyuan Wang,Yi-Ming Weng

Online publish date: 01 December 2020

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0105

Abstract ( 45 ) PDF (512.09 kB) ( 3 )

Open Access

Percutaneous transhepatic choledochoscopic lithotripsy and Interventional radiology techniques hybrid procedure in treatment of complex recurrent hepatolithiasis

Haitham Salameen,Yao Cheng,Jian-Ping Gong,Chun-Mu Miao

Online publish date: 01 December 2020

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0106

Abstract ( 27 ) PDF (1.64 MB) ( 2 )

Special Issues

Special issue title:

Emergency Department Cardiac Arrest (EDCA)

Keywords: Emergency department cardiac arrest, EDCA, Emergency medicine, Resuscitation, In-hospital cardiac arrest, IHCA

Editor: Dr. Shou-Yen Chen

Submission deadline: 15 September 2021

Special issue title:

Big Data and Status Asthmaticus

Keywords: Status asthma, Big data, Big data analytics, Epidemiology

Editor: Dr. Herng-Ching Lin

Submission deadline: 31 August 2021

Special issue title:

ECMO in Emergency Department

Keywords: ECMO, Emergency department, Critically ill patient, Transportation, CPR

Editor: Dr. Young-Jae CHO

Submission deadline: 31 May 2021

Special issue title:

Acute Hydrocephalus

Keywords: Acute hydrocephalus, Pathogenesis; Therapeutic development; Intensive care; Emergency medicine; Anaesthesia

Editor: Dr. Gelei Xiao

Submission deadline: 31 July 2021

Special issue title:

Biomarkers and Action Strategies in Early and Subclinical Acute Kidney Injury

Keywords: Acute kidney injury, Acute kidney disease, Tubular damage, Biomarkers, Nephron

Editor: Dr. Yacov Shacham

Submission deadline: 31 July 2021

Special issue title:

Myocardial Infarction: what’s old, what’s gold and what’s new?

Keywords: Coronary artery disease (CAD), Acute coronary syndrome (ACS), Atherosclerosis, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac imaging

Editor: Dr. Fulvio Cacciapuoti

Submission deadline: 31 May 2021

Special issue title:

Advance in Acute Coronary Syndrome and Myocardial Infarction

Keywords: Myocardial infarction, Acute coronary syndrome, ST-elevation myocardial infarction, Non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, Unstable angina, Primary coronary intervention

Editor: Dr. Shou-Yen Chen

Submission deadline: 31 May 2021

Special issue title:

Pathophysiology of Sepsis

Keywords: Sepsis, Hyperinflammatory response, Dysregulated coagulation, Cellular dysfunction, Immunosuppression, Metabolism, Organ dysfunction, Immunocompromise

Editor: Dr. Susan F. Fitzpatrick

Submission deadline: 31 August 2021

Special issue title:

New Insights in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Keywords: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), Intensive care, Heterogeneity, Personalized interventions, Cointerventions, Incorporating comorbidities, Clinical trial

Editor: Prof. Dr. Antonio Artigas

Submission deadline: 01 August 2021

Special issue title:

Next-generation Metabolomics in Critical Care Medicine

Keywords: Omics, Metabolomics, Lipidomics, Critical Care Medicine, Biomarkers, Prognosis

Editor: Dr. Kefeng Li

Submission deadline: 31 August 2021

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Prof Alan Šustić ,Editor-in-Chief

Alan Šustić, MD PhD, is a specialist in anesthesiology, emergency and intensive care medicine, and he is a member of numerous European and world societies and associations in the field of emergency and intensive care medicine. He is the Head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Reanimatology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Croatia, also he is a former Dean of Faculty of Medicine and he is a current Dean of Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Croatia. A special field of his scientific interest is the application of ultrasound in emergency and intensive care medicine.