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Archived Comments for: Venous return in ICU patients

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  1. Not accurate method

    Manuel Ignacio Monge GarcĂ­a, Hospital de Jerez, Spain

    28 March 2008

    Very interesting idea. But I think that there is something that has been omitted: to draw a venous return curve using the proposed methodology, one must assume that the cardiac function curve doesn´t change when applying increasing inspiratory pressures. This is not true: increasing inspiratory pressure, mechanical ventilation not only change venous return, but also right and left ventricle afterload. So, points obtained from this method should not be an accurate method to estimate mean systemic pressure.

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