Aims and scope

The aim of Signa Vitae (SV) is to be an unbiased and permanent forum for clinical anesthesia, intensive care, emergency and pain medicine. It serves professionals dedicated to all these relevant fields, as a tool for easier and more effective experiences and science sharing, with the ultimate goal to improve patients’ outcome. The scope of Signa Vitae is broad. It encompasses all aspects of clinical practice and fundamental research at the basis of anesthesia, intensive care, emergency and pain medicine, both in children and adults. It will better inform and educate the global scientific and medical community on the advancements in the fields at the basis of survival and a better quality of life, as stated in the appealing Latin version of its name: "Signs of life". 


Open Access

Airway management in vascular central airway obstruction: a literature review

Shih-Yi Lee,Chuan-Lei Chao,Sho-Ting Hung,Hwee-Kheng Lim,Hui-Chun Ku

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.131

Abstract ( 710 ) PDF (603.23 KB) ( 214 )

Open Access Special Issue

Cerebral oxygenation monitoring in patients during and after cardiac arrest -- a narrative review of current methods and evidence

Jaromir Richter,Jan Maca,Nilay Chatterjee,Peter Sklienka,Adarsh Eshappa Setra,Roman Zahorec

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.141

Abstract ( 1493 ) PDF (367.4 KB) ( 332 )

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The effects of oxygen and medicines on T cells in hypoxic co-culture

Young-Duck Cho,Sung-Hyuk Choi,Sung-Jun Park,Woo-Sung Yu,Han-Jin Cho,Kyung-Hwan Kim,Tae-Gun Shin

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.103

Abstract ( 558 ) PDF (1.19 MB) ( 173 )

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Gastric point-of-care ultrasound evaluation in pediatric emergency department procedural sedation patients; is the stomach empty at the point of scheduled revisit?

Howon Na,Han Ho Do,Seung Chul Lee,Jeong Hun Lee,Jun Seok Seo,Yong Won Kim,Sanghun Lee,Chu Hyun Kim

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.109

Abstract ( 677 ) PDF (2.76 MB) ( 181 )

Open Access Special Issue

Polydipsia-polyuria syndrome associated with traumatic spinal cord injury

Cristina Daia,Constantin Munteanu,Ioana Andone,Aura Spinu,Cristina Popescu,Corneliu Toader,Gelu Onose

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.104

Abstract ( 608 ) PDF (345.47 KB) ( 175 )

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Postoperative chronic pain incidence and etiology in coronary artery bypass graft surgery: a prospective study

Hulya Yilmaz Ak,Yasemin Ozsahin,Mehmet Ali Yesiltas,Ismail Haberal,Ahmet Ozan Koyuncu,Ali Ferit Pekel,Ayse Pervin Sutas

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.102

Abstract ( 750 ) PDF (262.96 KB) ( 165 )

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The effect of the physiological reserve surrogate characteristics on non-airway extubation failure in patients with pneumonia with high Burns Wean Assessment Program scores

Rakan M. AlQahtani,Yasmeen Khalaf Altaymani,Saud Ali Aljasir,Bader Abdulaziz Zawawi,Hisham Khaled Algossy,Khalid Waleed Alhusainan,Mohammed Yousef Alyousef,Mohammed Ibrahim Alarifi,Abdalrhman Al saadon

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.094

Abstract ( 732 ) PDF (624.35 KB) ( 160 )

Open Access Special Issue

Effect of prehospital intraosseous combined with in-hospital intravenous access in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Yan-Wei Cheng,Jian-Ge Zhang,Xue Cao,Juan Zhu,Li-Jie Qin

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.046

Abstract ( 788 ) PDF (339.12 KB) ( 194 )

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Fatal imported case of Plasmodium mixed infection: cerebral malaria, thrombocytopenia and multi organ dysfunctions (MODs)

Chiara Angeletti,Sofia Chiatamone Ranieri,Gabriella Di Leonardo,Maria Paola Di Bartolomeo,Nadia Carbuglia,Federica Venturoni,Riccardo Moretti

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.108

Abstract ( 536 ) PDF (1.06 MB) ( 134 )

Open Access Special Issue

Tailored sedation in critically ill COVID-19 patients based on lung damage, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles

Alfredo Del Gaudio,Giuseppe Mincolelli,Andreaserena Recchia,Elvio De Blasio,Maura C Tracey,Marco Cascella

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.115

Abstract ( 1443 ) PDF (272.62 KB) ( 281 )

Published Ahead of Print

Open Access Special Issue

Effects of occupational anxiety on ethical value tendencies in emergency healthcare workers in Turkey


Online publish date: 08 December 2021

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.237

Abstract ( 190 ) PDF (200.46 KB) ( 125 )

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Measurement of psoas muscle size using existing computed tomography to predict patient outcomes in emergency departments

Sung Jin Bae,Sun Hwa Lee,Seong Jong Yun,Keon Kim

Online publish date: 08 December 2021

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.238

Abstract ( 174 ) PDF (1.06 MB) ( 111 )

Open Access Special Issue

Prognostic factors for adults with cardiac arrest in the emergency department: a retrospective cohort study

Po-Cheng Chen,Jen-Hao Chen,Chung-Cheng Yeh,Chia-Hau Chang,Chi-Chun Lin,Chip-Jin Ng,Chen-June Seak,Li-Heng Tsai,Cheng-Yu Chien

Online publish date: 08 December 2021

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.239

Abstract ( 208 ) PDF (993.55 KB) ( 112 )

Open Access

The effects of patient positioning on hemodynamic parameters

Ju Hong Lee,Jae Hoon Lee

Online publish date: 18 November 2021

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.235

Abstract ( 465 ) PDF (3.29 MB) ( 151 )

Open Access Special Issue

Emergency department crowdedness and emergency department cardiac arrest occurrence: an observational study in the COVID-19 pandemic

Yan-Bo Huang,Su-Yu Li,Shang-Kai Hung,Li-Heng Tsai,Chip-Jin Ng,Shou-Yen Chen

Online publish date: 18 November 2021

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.236

Abstract ( 355 ) PDF (706.32 KB) ( 157 )

Open Access Special Issue

Comparison of the survival and neurological outcomes in OHCA based on smoking status: investigation of the existence of the smoker's paradox

Gina Yu,Taeyoung Kong,Je Sung You,Yoo Seok Park,Hye Sun Lee,Sung Phil Chung

Online publish date: 16 November 2021

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.231

Abstract ( 370 ) PDF (822.11 KB) ( 114 )

Special Issues

Special issue title:

Sex-related differences in peri-operative and in critically ill patients

Keywords: Sex and gender differences, Peri-operative patients, Critically ill patients, Emergency department, Intensive care unit

Editor: Prof. Giovanni Landoni, MD

Submission deadline: 09 June 2022

Special issue title:

Impact of COVID-19 on Dentistry

Keywords: COVID-19, dental practice, dental education, infection control, clinical practice, dental operatory, dental profession

Editor: Dr. Sreekanth Kumar Mallineni

Submission deadline: 30 March 2022

Special issue title:

Advances in critical emergency medicine during COVID19 pandemic

Keywords: critical emergency medicine, covid19, ARDS, artificial intelligence, triage

Editor: George Karlis

Submission deadline: 25 October 2022

Special issue title:

Emergency Management of Polytrauma

Keywords: Polytrauma, Trauma, Emergency management, Golden hour, Advanced Trauma Life Support, ABCDE approach, Airway management, cervical spine protection, Glasgow coma scale, hemorrhage, trauma team, survey and management

Editor: Naresh Kaul, MBBS, MD, FICA

Submission deadline: 30 September 2022

Special issue title:

Postoperative analgesia for spine surgery

Keywords: spine surgery, postoperative pain management, multimodal analgesia, opioid, erector spinae plane block, retrolaminar block

Editor: Prof. Joho Tokumine, MD, PhD

Submission deadline: 30 September 2022

Special issue title:

Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care: current challenges and novelties

Keywords: cardiac anaesthesia, thoracic anaesthesia, intensive care, education, innovation, perioperative medicine, healthcare, outcomes, challenges

Editor: Dr. Marko Zdravkovic, MD, PhD

Submission deadline: 11 March 2022

Special issue title:

Selected papers from Korean Society of Emergency Medicine (KSEM) in 2021-2022

Keywords: Emergency medicine

Editor: Kyungwon Lee, MD, PhD,Young Duck Cho, MD, PhD

Submission deadline: 31 December 2022

Special issue title:

Inter-Professional Teamwork Challenges - intensive care of preterm infants

Keywords: preterm infants, respiratory distress syndrome, severe infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, extrauterine growth retardation, hemorrhagic-ischemic cerebral injury, milk protein allergy

Editor: Jinrong Li, MD, PhD,Li-Na Qiao, MD, PhD,Jing Shi, MD, PhD

Submission deadline: 09 June 2022

Special issue title:

Neurocritical care in pandemic and beyond

Keywords: Neurocritical Care, Stroke, Neurotrauma

Editor: Luis Rafael Moscote- Salazar, MD ,Tariq Janjua, MD

Submission deadline: 01 December 2022

Special issue title:

Medical Simulation - success in education, future of science

Keywords: medical simulation, emergency medicine, medical education

Editor: Tomasz Kłosiewicz, MD, MSc,Mateusz Puślecki, PhD

Submission deadline: 31 December 2022

Featured Article

A Novel Objective Approach Towards Physicians' Knowledge and Practice Patterns to Optimize Central Venous Catheter Placement: A Cross-sectional Study. DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0052

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  2020 has been a very special year, full of events, frequently strange and newly shaped events. As always, humanity has tried to learn from them, searching (and frequently finding) the best solution to the problems. “Work is the best gymnasium where to exercise the intelligence”. This was an excellent definition for “work”. 2020 has obliged anyone to work with new obstacles and to find always new solutions, exercising the intelligence. It is also possible to say that 2020 has provided mankind a fantastic opportunity to express at maximum level its potentialities.

  Between others, I was kindly invited to becoming Editor in Chief of this important journal. Signa Vitae has a nice story, but its aim is to increase its impact in the scientific community. The scientific community deriving from the initial “Anesthesiology”, as it was in the first decades of the twentieth century, in the course of the years has expanded enormously. Now it still covers “Anesthesiology”, but it also covers Emergency, Intensive Cares, Supportive Medicine, and last but not least Pain Medicine. In other terms, the name of the journal, Signa Vitae (“Signs of Life”, with a nuance of Latin classic culture), is extremely appropriate.

  Considering my personal story, the diffusion of Signa Vitae in the field of Pain Medicine will be a natural consequence. The new challenge will definitely be to establish a strong Editorial Board, with Section Editors, and attract high quality papers from the other branch of the medical specialty. For this, the journal counts on the support of most of the Members of the Editorial Board whose story is deeply rooted in Emergency and Intensive Cares.

  The programs for 2021 are incredibly challenging and stimulating. It will be a year of hard work and growth, and the Signa Vitae family is ready to obtain the best possible. I want to take this opportunity to thank the publisher and the Signa Vitae team for their trust in my enthusiasm, inviting me as Editor-in-Chief of a nice and promising journal. Ad majora to all of them and especially to the Authors that will be confident on the potentialities of this journal. Let’s work together for it.

Giustino Varrassi, MD, PhD

Paolo Procacci Foundation, Via Tacito 7, 00193 Roma, Italy