Plasma colloid oncotic pressure-pulmonary artery occlusion pressure gradient. A poor predictor of pulmonary edema in surgical intensive care unit patients.

  title={Plasma colloid oncotic pressure-pulmonary artery occlusion pressure gradient. A poor predictor of pulmonary edema in surgical intensive care unit patients.},
  author={Terence D. Rafferty and R Ljungquist and L. Firestone and Anne Curtis and Cherie Raven and Shi Hui and Paul G. Barash},
  journal={Archives of surgery},
  volume={118 7},
Because Starling's equation contains four factors that theoretically influence fluid movement across the pulmonary capillary bed, we prospectively examined the relationship between the plasma colloid oncotic pressure (PCOP) minus the mean pulmonary artery occlusion pressure (PAOP) (the only two presently available clinically for measurement) and pulmonary edema determined in terms of percent venous admixture (Qs/Qt) and roentgenographically in 17 consecutive patients in a surgical intensive… 
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