|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 66
Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit Should Receive Central Venous Pressure Monitoring: We Should Personalize Our Approach
Patrick M Honore, Aude Mugisha, Luc Kugener, Sebastien Redant, Rachid Attou, Andrea Gallerani, David De Bels
Department of ICU, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Brugmann, Brussels, Belgium
|Date of Submission||01-Jul-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||20-Aug-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||31-Dec-2020|
Dr. Patrick M Honore
Department of ICU, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Brugmann-Brugmann University Hospital, Place Van Gehuchtenplein, 41020 Brussels
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Honore PM, Mugisha A, Kugener L, Redant S, Attou R, Gallerani A, Bels DD. Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit Should Receive Central Venous Pressure Monitoring: We Should Personalize Our Approach. J Transl Crit Care Med 2020;2:66
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Honore PM, Mugisha A, Kugener L, Redant S, Attou R, Gallerani A, Bels DD. Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit Should Receive Central Venous Pressure Monitoring: We Should Personalize Our Approach. J Transl Crit Care Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Apr 18];2:66. Available from: http://www.tccmjournal.com/text.asp?2020/2/3/66/305793
We read with great interest the recent article by Chen et al. who suggest that almost all patients undergoing major surgery, as well as patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), will receive central venous pressure (CVP) monitoring. We would like to somewhat moderate this enthusiasm. Not only is it not necessary to insert a central venous catheter (CVC) in all ICU patients, doing so would expose patients to the numerous possible risks of the procedure. Rather, we should utilize CVC monitoring in at-risk groups of patients who are most likely to benefit from it, including cardiac surgery, heart failure, cardiorenal syndrome, mechanical ventilation, intra-abdominal hypertension, sepsis, and patients who receive a significant amount of fluids. Outside of those important groups, many ICU patients can be more than adequately treated without the insertion of a CVC. Chen et al. also report that their meta-analysis found that each 1 mmHg increase in CVP increases the odds of acute kidney injury in critically ill adult patients. Again, we would like to plea for an individualized approach regarding the management of CVP and efforts to decrease it. Patients with acute heart failure and a CVP <10 cmH2 O have been found to be more likely to develop worsening renal function within the first 24 h than those presenting with a CVP >15 cmH2 O. This does not imply that a higher CVP must be targeted in this population, but rather that a volume “deficit” due to excessive fluid restriction or elimination should be absolutely avoided. Any decision to lower CVP should be individualized. Improving lung–right heart interactions that sustain an elevated CVP in heart failure and cardiorenal syndrome appears to be more efficacious than reducing intravascular volume, when feasible. In conclusion, at this time, no exact definition of “lowest possible CVP” can be given except that it should be a CVP that ensures adequate cardiac output and preserves organ perfusion, with a particular focus on the importance of the arteriovenous pressure gradient. In different patient populations, and even in cohorts of similar patients with different disease stages, the optimal CVP level will vary and thus a personalized approach is essential.
PMH, SR, and DDB designed the article. All authors participated in drafting and reviewing. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.
We would like to thank Dr. Melissa Jackson for critical review of the manuscript.
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Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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