Posts Tagged ‘pediatric; intensive care; cardiac surgery; metabolic acidosis; strong ion difference’

Defining acidosis in postoperative cardiac patients using Stewart’s method of strong ion difference*

Objective: To define the true incidence and nature of acidosis in pediatric patients postcardiac surgery, using Stewart’s direct method of measuring strong ion difference. We also wished to compare the ability of standard indirect methods (base deficit, lactate, anion gap, and corrected anion gap) to accurately predict tissue acidosis. Design: A single-center prospective observational study. [...]