Occult Tissue Hypoxia: Implications of Altered Macroto-Microcirculation Coherence

Author(s): Headley Jan M.

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Monitoring

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Clinicians are faced with several problems when managing patients who present with tissue hypoxia. Traditional assessment parameters may be inadequate when occult hypoxia is present. Adequate perfusion management is paramount to avoid continued macrocirculation-to-microcirculation derangements. Markers of tissue hypoxia are available but do carry some caveats. This intermediate session discusses the indications and evidence for employing monitoring methods to uncover occult tissue hypoxia.


  • Delineate the impact of macro to microcirculation derangements on tissue perfusion.
  • Describe early interventions that improve tissue hypoxia identification and management.
  • Apply an evidence-based decision tree to optimize tissue perfusion.

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