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Normalizing physiological variables in acute illness: five reasons for caution

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Acute illness is accompanied by the development of abnormal physiology. The development and severity of illness, as well as recovery, is paralleled by changes in the physiological variables that clinicians commonly monitor. Several factors may prompt clinicians to address and treat the variables in isolation from addressing the underlying disease. This article explores why clinicians may target and attempt to normalize abnormal physiological variables and identifies five reasons why such an approach can be hazardous.

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  • Septic Shock
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Sequential Organ Failure Assessment
  • Acute Illness
  • Respir Crit

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Kavanagh, B.P., Meyer, L.J. (2012). Normalizing physiological variables in acute illness: five reasons for caution. In: Pinsky, M.R., Brochard, L., Mancebo, J., Antonelli, M. (eds) Applied Physiology in Intensive Care Medicine 2. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-28233-1_18

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