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Perfusion, Hypoperfusion, and Ischemia Processes: The Effect on Bodily Function

Perlow, Michael DNS, RN

doi: 10.1097/NAN.0b013e3182a1138d

Adequate perfusion is requisite for normal body function. Should perfusion be disrupted, a cascade of events may result that can lead to disruption of function and potentially cell, tissue, organ, and ultimately organism death. Contrary to logic, reperfusion as a modality of treatment is not without issues in the form of reperfusion injury.

Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky.

Michael Perlow, DNS, RN, is a professor of nursing in the Murray State University School of Nursing. He has practiced as an adult health and adult mental health nurse in a variety of facilities.

Corresponding Author: Michael Perlow, DNS, RN, Murray State University, Department of Nursing, 229 Mason Hall, Murray, KY 42071 (

The author of this article has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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