Transcutaneous O2 and CO2 Monitoring in the Adult

  • William C. Shoemaker
  • Kevin K. Tremper


Transcutaneous gas sensors have become an important real time monitoring technique, but not for the reasons they were originally designed. The original concept was to measure arterial blood gases noninvasively, but by an odd quirk of fate this is possible only in a narrow restrictive sense. Their most important use lies in their capacity to measure a tissue O2 perfusion and CO2 washout in critically ill adults and neonates with circulatory as well as respiratory failure. From the point of view of real time surveillance for early warning of cardiorespiratory compromise, it is advantageous that the sensors measure gases at the skin surface, as the cutaneous circulation is the most sensitive and vulnerable of all organs during incipient circulatory failure.


Cardiac Index Cardiac Decompensation Transcutaneous Oxygen Severe Shock Real Time Surveillance 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • William C. Shoemaker
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kevin K. Tremper
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryLos Angeles County Harbor UCLA Medical CenterTorranceUSA
  2. 2.UCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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