Maximizing Oxygen Delivery and Consumption: In Whom and For Whom?

  • Robert F. Wilson
  • James G. Tyburski


The importance of promptly providing optimal oxygen delivery to critically ill or injured patients, especially those who have been in shock, is based primarily on three observations: (1) during severe trauma or illness (especially with shock or any other impairment of tissue perfusion) an oxygen debt develops, and it is best treated by prompdy providing extra oxygen to the tissues; (2) sepsis, surgery, trauma, and other critical illnesses are often hypermetabolic, and increased oxygen is needed; and (3) following shock and during many illnesses, especially sepsis, there is a shift of blood flow away from splanchnic organs, and these splanchnic perfusion deficits can often be corrected only by supplying more blood flow and oxygen than normal to the body as a whole.


Septic Shock Cardiac Index Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Oxygen Delivery Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome 
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  • James G. Tyburski

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