Cardiac Output Measurement in the Critically Ill: Invasive Versus Noninvasive Techniques

Oxygen transport to the tissues is fundamental to organ function and preservation of life

J. L. Vincent

2011

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  • Oxygen transport to the tissues is fundamental to organ function and preservation of life
  • Appropriate oxygen supply to the tissues depends on hemoglobin level, arterial oxygen tension, cardiac output, blood flow distribution and various peripheral factors governing the oxygen release to the cells
  • The assessment of cardiac output is as important as the measurement of hemoglobin or PaO2 to insure appropriate oxygen transport to the tissues
  • As hemoglobin levels and blood gas tensions need to be measured in some clinical situations, cardiac output measurements can be required for proper management of the critically ill patient
  • J Am Coll Cardiol 13: 1382–1392PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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