Improved detection of adverse cardiovascular trends with the use of a two-variable computer alarm.


Assessment of preload and afterload of patients having undergone cardiac surgery is commonly done by the monitoring of mean arterial and left atrial pressures (MAP, LAP). In this ICU, a central computer has been in use to sample routinely the MAP and LAP every 10 min. This computer has been programmed to activate an alarm sequence if a routinely acquired… (More)