Eur J Anaesthesiol 2022 Jul 16;39(7):582-590. Epub 2022 Jun 16.
From the Department of Anesthesiology, Center of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany (MF, THS, KK, BS), Department of Intensive Care, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (JM, CI), Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Infermi Hospital, AUSL Romagna, Rimini, Italy (JM), Institute of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany (LK), Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Procedural Sedation and Analgesia, Martini General Hospital Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands (HDdB), Department of Anesthesiology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands (TWLS), Institute of Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (MH) and Outcomes Research Consortium, Cleveland, Ohio, USA (BS).
Background: Handheld vital microscopy allows direct observation of red blood cells within the sublingual microcirculation. Automated analysis allows quantifying microcirculatory tissue perfusion variables - including tissue red blood cell perfusion (tRBCp), a functional variable integrating microcirculatory convection and diffusion capacities.
Objective: We aimed to describe baseline microcirculatory tissue perfusion in patients presenting for elective noncardiac surgery and test that microcirculatory tissue perfusion is preserved during elective general anaesthesia for noncardiac surgery. Read More