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Physician factors in utilizing haemodynamic data in patient care

Boerma, Evert Christiaan; Bootsma, Inge Tjitske

Current Opinion in Critical Care: June 2019 - Volume 25 - Issue 3 - p 292–297
doi: 10.1097/MCC.0000000000000600

Purpose of review To focus on the missing link between accuracy and precision of monitoring devices and effective implementation of therapeutic strategies.

Recent findings Haemodynamic monitoring is generally considered to be an essential part of intensive care medicine. However, randomized controlled trials fail to demonstrate improved outcome unequivocally as a result of hemodynamic monitoring. This absence of solid proof renders doctors to hesitance to apply haemodynamic monitoring in clinical practise. Profound understanding of the underlying mechanisms, adequate patient selection and timing, meaningful representation and software-supported interpretation of data all play an important role. Furthermore, protocol adherence and human behaviour seem to form the often missing link between a solid physiologic principle and clinically relevant outcome. Introduction of haemodynamic monitoring should therefore not be limited to theoretical and practical issues, but also involve integration strategies. By learning from others, we might be able to implement haemodynamic monitoring in such a way that it has potential to modify the course of a disease.

Summary The clinical success of haemodynamic monitoring goes far beyond accuracy and precision of monitoring devices. Understanding of the factors influencing the effective implementation of therapeutic strategies plays an important role in the meaningful introduction of haemodynamic monitoring.

Department of Intensive Care, Medical Centre Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Correspondence to Evert Christiaan Boerma, PhD, MD, Department of Intensive Care, Medical Centre Leeuwarden, Henri Dunantweg 2, P.O. Box 888, 8901 Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Fax: +31 582863715; e-mail:

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