Monitoring the critically ill gravida

Emily Gordon, Lauren A. Plante, Clifford S. Deutschman

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Introduction, One of the most important functions of any intensive care unit (ICU) is to enable patients to arrive at specific, goal-directed endpoints of care. The exact nature of this care plan is individualized based on the character of the patient, the disease process, the unit, and the ICU team; to ensure that care is proceeding along the desired trajectory requires objective data. These data are most often provided by monitors – devices that measure specific physiological variables. Collection of data over time allows for minute-to-minute assessment of trends in a patient’s physiological state. Intensivists, physicians specially trained in critical care medicine, and other members of the ICU care team may have in-depth knowledge of monitors not available to the practitioner, who does not use them on a daily basis. It is important that these non-intensivists understand the utility, indications/contraindications, and basic interpretation of the information provided by the monitors currently in use. Non-invasive monitors do not require significant intrusion into a patient’s body. The most commonly encountered non-invasive monitors are electrocardiography (ECG), pulse oximetry, blood pressure measurement by manometry, urine output, pulse oximetry and end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring. Invasive monitors are those which require encroachment on a patient’s body such as cannulation of vessels, insertion of neurological monitors, or insertion of pressure monitors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaternal Critical Care
Subtitle of host publicationA Multidisciplinary Approach
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781139088084
ISBN (Print)9781107018495
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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