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Using mathematical models to improve the utility of quantitative ICU data

Zenker, S and Clermont, G and Pinsky, MR (2007) Using mathematical models to improve the utility of quantitative ICU data. In: Intensive Care Medicine: Annual Update 2007. UNSPECIFIED, 479 - 492. ISBN 0387495177, 9780387495170

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Intensive care medicine is one of the areas of medicine most closely linked to applied physiology. Furthermore, it has a long tradition of being the forefront of advanced physiologic measurement technologies. The associated volume of quantitative data about a patient's physiologic status, therapy, together with the output of off-line analyses, creates an information overload that profoundly reduces efficient and effective information processing. To a certain extent, this disconnection is a reason for the slow progress in utilizing such information across patients and hospital systems to improve patient care, perhaps most prominently evidenced by the failure of the physiologically valuable information provided by pulmonary artery catheterization to improve outcome in the critical care setting [1, 2]. In fact, for newer and more advanced monitoring equipment, evaluations of utility and ability to fit into proven treatment protocols is often lacking. Although the difficulty in translating the increased amount of available patient-specific information into patient benefit may in part be due to the lack of adequate therapeutic options, where clear benefit is known, actual translation of this information into practice is a primary barrier to improving patient care. © 2007 Springer Science + Business Media Inc.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zenker, S
Clermont, Gcler@pitt.eduCLER0000-0002-0163-1379
Pinsky, MRpinsky@pitt.eduPINSKY0000-0001-6166-700X
Date: 1 December 2007
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Page Range: 479 - 492
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/978-0-387-49518-7_43
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Critical Care Medicine
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 0387495177, 9780387495170
Title of Book: Intensive Care Medicine: Annual Update 2007
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 14:41
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2021 10:55


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