Volume 13 Supplement 1

29th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

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Perioperative fluid administration in pancreatic surgery: comparison of three regimens

  • A Martini1,
  • N Menestrina1,
  • D Simion1,
  • L Filetici1,
  • V Schweiger1 and
  • L Gottin1
Critical Care200913(Suppl 1):P199

https://doi.org/10.1186/cc7363

Published: 13 March 2009

Introduction

Perioperative fluid administration represents an important issue in perioperative medicine, because an incorrect strategy is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to compare three fluid administration regimens in patients who have undergone pancreatic surgery.

Methods

A randomized prospective trial. Fifty-nine patients, American Society of Anesthesiologists class 1 to 3, were assigned to one of three perioperative fluid regimens (PFRs). Interventions: general balanced anesthesia; PFR1, liberal (21 patients): colloids and crystalloids (in a 1:3 rate) 12 ml/kg/hour; PFR2, restricted (18 patients): colloids 4 ml/kg/hour; and PFR3, goal targeted (20 patients): colloid infusion targeted to achieve stroke volume variation (SVV) <13%. Hemodynamic monitoring was performed using the Vigileo/FloTrac system (cardiac output (CO) and SVV). Recorded outcome variables were hospital length of stay, starting of enteral nutrition, bowel movement, blood transfusion, and perioperative complications.

Results

Data regarding significant differences are presented in Table 1. Hemodynamic monitoring showed a higher variability of CO and SVV in PFR1. Postoperative major complications were also higher in PFR1. Fistulas occurred in eight cases of PFR1 and in three and four cases in PFR2 and PFR3, respectively (P < 0.05).
Table 1

Main results

 

Liberal, PFR1

Goal, PFR3

Restricted, PFR2

Age (years)

60

55

60

Surgery duration (hours)

6

6

5.5

Colloids (ml)

1,000

500

1,100

Crystalloids (ml)

4,600

2,200

1,450

Enteral nutrition (days from surgery)

4

4

3

Bowel movement (days from surgery)

3

4

3

Hospital length of stay (days)

11.5

11.5

9

Conclusion

Our study in still ongoing; however, ad interim analysis suggests that a restricted or goal-targeted perioperative fluid administration seems to provide more stable hemodynamics and a reduction of major abdominal complications.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
University Hospital

Copyright

© Martini et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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