Rationale for Hemodynamic Monitoring
While the history of formal hemodynamic monitoring is relatively brief , an appreciation for the qualitative aspects of monitoring dates back to ancient times . In one sense, hemodynamic monitoring is a natural extension of the physical examination, quantifying the various aspects of the physical assessment. For instance, methods to assess central venous pressure by examination of the neck veins were developed long before the routine use of central venous catheters. However, in the modern ICU’s of today, hemodynamic monitoring is not used merely as a tool for the validation of the physical exam or for the periodic detailed assessment, but instead, on a continuous basis. Indeed, it is this feature that accounts for much of the utility of hemodynamic monitoring.
KeywordsOxygen Transport Organ Injury Regional Blood Flow Hemodynamic Monitoring Organ Blood Flow
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