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Hemodynamic monitoring in ICU.
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PMID:  16682920     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Oxygen supply to all tissues is possible only in a condition of adequate blood circulation. Oxygen demand is the driving force that is responsive of hemodynamic adjustment. The human body acts on four modulators (intravascular volume, inotropy, vasoactivity, chrono-tropy) in order to adjust the hemodynamic state. Hemodynamic monitoring consists of techniques able to assess the hemodynamic status and to understand the mechanism of patient decompensation; its goal is to maintain adequate tissue perfusion through appropriate therapeutic interventions. An early diagnosis of hemodynamic alteration is crucial for an early treatment; several reports have explored the effectiveness of hemodynamic manipulations and results are conflicting: too many variables can, in fact, modify the results: timing and lenght of the treatment, drugs used, etc. However, at least, in some specific settings, as sepsis, early intervention has a positive impact on mortality. In this presentation it will be briefly analyzed the most common parameters used in the ICU. Arterial pressure, central venous pressure, pulmonary artery catheter derived parameters, SvO2 and their relation with organ perfusion are considered and positive and negative aspects of this type of monitoring is reviewed. Starting from these considerations we would like to underline the importance of understanding the physiological basis of monitoring and the correct interpretation of data in order to have improvement on patient outcome.
R Stucchi; G Poli; R Fumagalli
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Minerva anestesiologica     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0375-9393     ISO Abbreviation:  Minerva Anestesiol     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-09     Completed Date:  2006-09-26     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375272     Medline TA:  Minerva Anestesiol     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  483-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Intensive Care* / methods
Intensive Care Units
Monitoring, Physiologic*

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