Preload assessment in patients with an open abdomen.

  title={Preload assessment in patients with an open abdomen.},
  author={Michael Lee Cheatham and Karen Safcsak and Ernest F. J. Block and L. D. Nelson},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  volume={46 1},
BACKGROUND Intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome cause significant morbidity and mortality in surgical and trauma patients. Maintenance of intravascular preload and use of open abdomen techniques are essential. The accuracy of pulmonary artery occlusion pressure (PAOP) and central venous pressure (CVP) in patients with intra-abdominal hypertension has been questioned. METHODS Twenty surgical and trauma patients with intra-abdominal hypertension requiring open… CONTINUE READING
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