Rationalizing the Use of Surgical Critical Care: The Role of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
In many hospitals, patients undergoing major elective surgery have to compete for postoperative critical care facilities with a population of unplanned emergency admissions, often resulting in delayed or cancelled procedures. Because of the competition for bed allocation in critical care, it is highly desirable that these resources are allocated to the patients that are most likely to benefit from them, and in addition it is equally desirable to identify patients that do not need to utilize these limited bed stocks after major surgery, because they have the cardiopulmonary reserve to cope with the demand that surgery entails.
KeywordsAnaerobic Threshold Respiratory Exchange Ratio Cardiopulmonary Exercise Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing High Dependency Unit
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