Backrest angle and cardiac output measurement in critically ill patients.

  title={Backrest angle and cardiac output measurement in critically ill patients.},
  author={Karen K. Giuliano and Susan Smith Scott and Virginia Brown and Mary Pat Olson},
  journal={Nursing research},
  volume={52 4},
BACKGROUND Cardiac output is an extremely important measurement in the care of critically ill patients, but the accuracy of measurement is unknown when patients are in positions other than flat and supine. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of varying degrees of backrest elevation on continuous cardiac output measurements in critically ill patients at head-of-bed angle of 0 degrees, 30 degrees, and 45 degrees, and at time points of 0 minutes, 5 minutes, and 10… CONTINUE READING

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