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Oxygen transport goals in the resuscitation of critically ill patients.

Authors
  • Erstad, B L
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Annals of pharmacotherapy
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1994
Volume
28
Issue
11
Pages
1273–1284
Identifiers
PMID: 7849343
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Efforts to increase oxygen transport variables to supranormal values cannot be recommended routinely for all critically ill patients. Preoperative patients in early stages of hypovolemic or septic shock may benefit from therapies titrated to achieve supranormal goals, but patients in later stages of illnesses may be harmed by such attempts. Questions remain regarding how quickly and how long the oxygen transport variables should be elevated. The most effective and least toxic therapeutic interventions for increasing the variables need to be determined.

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