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VOLUME 19 , ISSUE 4 ( 2015 ) > List of Articles

Peripheral venous pressure as a reliable predictor for monitoring central venous pressure in patients with burns

Vikas S. Joshi, Anjali Ollapally, Prithi Jain, Kishan Shetty, Karl Sa Ribeiro

Keywords : Burns, central venous pressure, monitoring, peripheral venous pressure

Citation Information : Joshi VS, Ollapally A, Jain P, Shetty K, Ribeiro KS. Peripheral venous pressure as a reliable predictor for monitoring central venous pressure in patients with burns. Indian J Crit Care Med 2015; 19 (4):199-202.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.154548

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-02-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


Background: Optimizing cardiovascular function to ensure adequate tissue oxygen delivery is a key objective in the care of critically ill patients with burns. Hemodynamic monitoring may be necessary to optimize resuscitation in serious burn patients with reasonable safety. Invasive central venous pressure (CVP) monitoring has become the corner stone of hemodynamic monitoring in patients with burns but is associated with inherent risks and technical difficulties. Previous studies on perioperative patients have shown that measurement of peripheral venous pressure (PVP) is a less invasive and cost-effective procedure and can reliably predict CVP. Objective: The aim of the present prospective clinical study was to determine whether a reliable association exists between changes in CVP and PVP over a long period in patients admitted to the Burns Intensive Care Unit (BICU). Subjects and Methods: The CVP and PVP were measured simultaneously hourly in 30 burns patients in the BICU up to 10 consecutive hours. The predictability of CVP by monitoring PVP was tested by applying the linear regression formula and also using the Bland-Altman plots of repeated measures to evaluate the agreement between CVP and PVP. Results: The regression formula revealed a reliable and significant association between CVP and PVP. The overall mean difference between CVP and PVP was 1.628 ± 0.84 mmHg (P < 0.001). The Bland-Altman diagram also showed a perfect agreement between the two pressures throughout the 10 h period. Conclusion: Peripheral venous pressure measured from a peripheral intravenous catheter in burns patients is a reliable estimation of CVP, and its changes have good concordance with CVP over a long period of time.

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