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To most physicians taking care of the seriously ill, the notion of monitoring is likely to bring to mind cardiovascular monitoring, for example, continuous electrocardiograph, intraarterial blood pressure, or pulmonary artery pressure recordings. However, the close link between the lungs and the heart in the delivery of oxygen to vital organs together with the fact that cardiac arrest is often precipitated by pulmonary decompensation underscores the potential benefits of continuous monitoring of the respiratory system.
This recent issue in the new series—Contemporary Management in Critical Care—explores the current state of the art in this field. The editor, Dr. Tobin, is
Respiratory Monitoring. Ann Intern Med. ;117:800. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-9-800_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(9):800.
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