Volumetric Capnography in the Non-intubated Critically Ill Patient
Direct application of physiopathology at the bedside represents an enthusiastic challenge for the clinician. CO2 kinetics has been the focus of attention of several laboratories in the past, but the clinical implications did not always follow the enthusiasm of the physiologists, principally because of technical limitations and artefacts. With the recent development of analytic devices, acquisition systems and microcomputers, it is now possible to obtain quick and reliable information that in the past required patiently recorded data. Moreover, if these new methods are characterized by their non-invasiveness, and if they can help the diagnostic and therapeutic process while limiting the recourse to invasive or expensive procedures, then it is worth reassessing them in the clinical setting.
KeywordsPulmonary Embolism Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patient Acute Pulmonary Embolism Massive Pulmonary Embolism Lung Scintigraphy
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