Intraabdominal Hypertension: The Silent Killer
Timothy Wolfe
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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • Recognize that intra-abdominal hypertension occurs in all ICU populations, especially those with systemic inflammatory response syndrome.
  • Understand the pathophysiology effects of intraabdominal hypertension (IAH) on all of the body’s major organs.
  • Recognize that early detection and intervention for intra-abdominal hypertension before the abdominal compartment syndrome develops results in reduced ICU length of stay, improved outcomes and lower mortality.

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Total Contact Hours: 1.25
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 1/1/2014


This syndrome occurs in a substantial percentage of critically ill patients, ranging from severe sepsis to major trauma. The presentation begins with several case studies followed by a detailed discussion of the impact IAH has on each of the bodies major organ systems. A concise medical literature review then highlights the leading recent articles on the topic. The end of the presenation will provide an evidence-based algorithm for monitoring and treating intra-abdominal hypertension in an effort to help critical care practitioners improve these patients outcomes.

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