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Bedside assessment of mean systemic filling pressure.
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PMID:  20168223     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The physiology of the venous part of the human circulation seems to be a forgotten component of the circulation in critical care medicine. One of the main reasons, probably, is that measures of right atrial pressure (Pra) do not seem to be directly linked to blood flow. This perception is primarily due to an inability to measure the pressure gradient for venous return. The upstream pressure for venous return is mean systemic filling pressure (Pmsf) and it does not lend itself easily to be measured. Recent clinical studies now demonstrate the basic principles underpinning the measure of Pmsf at the bedside. RECENT FINDINGS: Using routinely available minimally invasive monitoring of continuous cardiac output and Pra, one can accurately construct venous return curves by performing a series of end-inspiratory hold maneuvers, in ventilator-dependent patients. From these venous return curves, the clinician can now finally obtain at the bedside not only Pmsf but also the derived parameters: resistance to venous return, systemic compliance and stressed volume. SUMMARY: Measurement of Pmsf is essential to describe the control of vascular capacitance. It is the key to distinguish between passive and active mechanisms of blood volume redistribution and partitioning total blood volume in stressed and unstressed volume.
Jos R C Jansen; Jacinta J Maas; Michael R Pinsky
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in critical care     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1531-7072     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Crit Care     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-13     Completed Date:  2010-08-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504454     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Crit Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  231-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands. <>
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure
Critical Care / methods*
Middle Aged
Point-of-Care Systems*

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