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Is Brachial Artery Peak Velocity Variation Ready for Prime Time?

Atul Malhotra, MD; Matthias Eikermann, MD; Sheldon Magder, MD
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Affiliations: Boston, MA,  Montreal, QC, Canada

Correspondence to: Matthias Eikermann, MD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Pulmonary/Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, 75 Francis St, Boston MA, 02115; e-mail: meikermann@rics.bwh.harvard.edu



Chest. 2007;131(5):1279-1281. doi:10.1378/chest.07-0304
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The assessment of intravascular volume status is important in the ICU, since adequate resuscitation is critical for optimizing tissue energy supply, whereas excessive fluid may worsen outcome.12 Rather than a single variable, detailed knowledge of a patient’s underlying physiology and careful consideration of concomitant organ function must be put together into the whole clinical picture to determine if a patient needs fluid.

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