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Monitoring of the vascular patient 

Monitoring of the vascular patient
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Monitoring of the vascular patient
Author(s):

Dr Jonathan P. Thompson

, Dr Simon J. Howell

, and Dr Richard J. Telford

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199594429.003.0007
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date: 17 October 2019

Monitoring the vascular patient closely is very important; vascular surgical procedures are frequently complex and have the potential to cause marked physiological perturbations in patients who often have markedly diminished physiological reserve due to their age and associated comorbidity. This chapter has been written by three well known anaesthetists and covers the whole range of monitoring devices currently in clinical use. Methods of monitoring the cardiovascular system are discussed in detail; sections are devoted to blood pressure and cardiac output measurement. The principles of point of care coagulation testing and platelet function monitoring are covered in depth. Current techniques of monitoring the central nervous system are described; including the principles of electrophysiological monitoring, cerebrovascular monitoring and cerebral metabolic monitoring.

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