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Simultaneous transcutaneous carbon dioxide and transcutaneous oxygen monitoring in neonatal intensive care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6405025     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Continuous transcutaneous carbon dioxide partial pressure (tc PCO2) and continuous transcutaneous oxygen partial pressure (tc PO2) was monitored simultaneously in 10 consecutive neonatal intensive care patients treated for respiratory problems or immaturity. During measurement the electrode temperature was 44 degrees C while during the resting periods--with the electrodes left in situ--the electrode temperature was 37 degrees C. Measurements were performed for periods up to 31 hours. It was possible to discover changes in central blood gas partial pressures also at the lower electrode temperature. This was especially true for the tc PCO2 recording which was less influenced by the decrease in electrode temperature than the tc PO2 recording. In six patients an increased frequency of apnoea was diagnosed by the transcutaneous blood gas monitoring equipment previous to other clinical signs. A statistically highly significant correlation was found between transcutaneous and arterial blood gas values, the arterial samples obtained from umbilical artery catheters. tc PCO2 and tc PO2 very sensitively reacts to changes in the breathing pattern and to changes in activity of the neonate emphasizing the drawbacks of previous blood gas monitoring techniques. The technique for continuous transcutaneous carbon dioxide monitoring is ready for clinical use and is a valuable additional tool in all neonatal intensive care patients with the risk of alveolar hypoventilation.
O Löfgren; D Andersson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatal medicine     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0300-5577     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Med     Publication Date:  1983  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-06-10     Completed Date:  1983-06-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0361031     Medline TA:  J Perinat Med     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Carbon Dioxide / blood*
Critical Care*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases / diagnosis*
Oxygen / blood*
Partial Pressure
Reg. No./Substance:
124-38-9/Carbon Dioxide; 7782-44-7/Oxygen

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