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Monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit: Its Past, Present, and Future

Critical Care Research and Practice
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
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DOI: 10.1155/2012/452769
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Hindawi Publishing Corporation Critical Care Research and Practice Volume 2012, Article ID 452769, 2 pages doi:10.1155/2012/452769 Editorial Monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit: Its Past, Present, and Future Maxime Cannesson,1 Alain Broccard,2 Benoit Vallet,3 and Karim Bendjelid4 1 Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA 2 Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55435-2199, USA 3 Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, University Hospital of Lille Nord de France, 59037 Lille, France 4 Intensive Care Division, Geneva Medical School, Geneva University Hospitals, 1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland Correspondence should be addressed to Karim Bendjelid, [email protected] Received 27 June 2012; Accepted 27 June 2012 Copyright © 2012 Maxime Cannesson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Monitoring in the critical care setting has dramatically im- proved during the past 50 years and has contributed sig- nificantly to improve patients’ safety and outcome [1–3]. New technologies have allowed the transfer of advances in biology, physiology, and bioengineering to the bedside to support data driven decision making and continuous mon- itoring of the vulnerable critically ill patients. The most striking advances include the continuous and noninvasive measurement of oxygen saturation by pulse oximeters and of end tidal CO2 and the real-time displays of flow, volume, pressure time curves, and derived measures by modern ven- tilators as well as the development invasive andmore recently noninvasive devices that provide beat-to-beat arterial pres- sure, stroke volume, and cardiac output monitoring. Despite these advances and the apparent impact

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