H. Heinze1, T. Hanke2, M. Misfeld2
1Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany; 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany
[Applied Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 12: 20-22, 2008]
We report a case of unusual large differences between central venous oxygen saturations determined from different catheters in the central venous position in a patient after elective cardiac surgery. We discuss possible explanations and conclude that it may be worthwile to be more aggressive in obtaining real SvO2 data before reacting on ScvO2 levels in unclear haemodynamic situations.
Key words: critical care/intensive care, cardiovascular monitoring, cardiac surgical procedures
Address for corresponding: Hermann Heinze, M.D., Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Luebeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, D-23538 Luebeck, Germany, E-Mail: Hermannheinze@bitte-keinen-spamngi.de