Update 1988 pp 44-50 | Cite as

Transport and Consumption of Oxygen in Septic Shock

  • L. G. Thijs
Part of the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (UICM, volume 5)


The primary function of intensive care is in essence the maintenance or improvement of oxygen uptake in critically ill patients. Its immediate objective is to preserve life and prevent, minimize or reverse damage to vital organs. In order to achieve this, adequate supply of oxygen to the tissues is mandatory, a condition sine qua non for the organism to survive and to buy time for the underlying disease or injury to resolve.


Septic Shock Oxygen Delivery Extraction Ratio Microcirculatory Flow Arterial Oxygen Content 
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