• Vol. 27 No. 3, 404–408
  • 15 May 1998

The Oxygen Delivery Debate—A Review

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ABSTRACT

Tissue hypoxia is an important cause for the development of multisystem organ failure in the critically ill. Achieving adequate haemodynamic support of oxygen demand is the mainstay of treatment in these patients. Controversies regarding therapeutic end-points do exist but in general maintaining oxygen delivery by ensuring adequate cardiac output, oxygen saturation and haemoglobin is important in the critically ill.


Multisystem organ failure occurs in a large proportion of critically ill patients and is a major cause of death in this group of patients. The mechanisms responsible for the development of multisystem organ failure in the critically ill patient are unknown.

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