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Goal directed therapy: how long can we wait?

Authors
  • Gordon, Anthony C1
  • Russell, James A2
  • 1 University of British Columbia, Clinical/Research Fellow, Critical Care Research Laboratories, Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, Vancouver, BC, Canada , Vancouver
  • 2 University of British Columbia, Professor of Medicine, Critical Care Research Laboratories, Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, Vancouver, BC, Canada , Vancouver
Type
Published Article
Journal
Critical Care
Publisher
BioMed Central
Publication Date
Nov 23, 2005
Volume
9
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/cc3951
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Intensive monitoring and aggressive management of perioperative haemodynamics (goal directed therapy) have repeatedly been reported to reduce the significant morbidity and mortality associated with high risk surgery. It may not matter what particular monitor is used to assess cardiac output but it is essential to ensure adequate oxygen delivery. If this management cannot begin preoperatively, it is still worth beginning goal directed therapy in the immediate postoperative period.

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