chapter  5
Cardiovascular support in critical care
ByRavi Mahajan & Iain Moppett
Pages 18

The aim of cardiovascular support is to perfuse vital organs

with sufficient blood to meet their oxygen and metabolic

requirements and waste elimination needs without initiat-

ing or maintaining pathological effects. A large proportion

of patients admitted to critical care units have a comprom-

ised cardiovascular system, and cardiovascular support is a

vital aspect of their management.