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Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia

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SILVA, João Paulo Lopes da  and  TELES, Flávio. Assessment of intensivists' knowledge on abdominal compartment syndrome. Rev. Bras. Anestesiol. [online]. 2012, vol.62, n.4, pp. 534-537. ISSN 0034-7094.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-70942012000400006.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Early recognition of abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) is essential, as delay in the diagnosis may induce a negative impact on prognosis. However, there are some evidences suggesting a low level of knowledge concerning ACS in intensive care units (ICU). The aim of this study was to evaluate the intensivist´s knowledge on ACS. METHODS: We distributed 49 questionnaires, with 13 multiple choice questions, in seven ICU, which addressed the concept, diagnosis, and management of ACS. RESULTS: Thirty-two questionnaires were answered. Forty-seven percent of respondents have more than 16 years of medical practice and spend more than 50% of their time in ICU. Although 75% reported having knowledge of ACS' concept, only 34% had measured intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). The most used method for measurements was urinary catheterization (91%). For 37%, the frequency of measurement should be based on clinical data rather than IAP values. Regarding the indication to IAP monitoring, the choices were performing the measurement after urgent laparotomy (25%), in massive volemic replacement (18%) and in other hazardous conditions (57%). The lack of information about measurement techniques was the main reason for not measuring IAP. Most respondents (90%) suggested the measurement of IAP as a routine in ICU. CONCLUSION: Intensivists' knowledge on ACS was low, as most were not able to measure, interpret the results and recognize important risk factors for IAP. These data demonstrate that educational efforts concerning ACS are necessary in order to standardize the measurement of IAP in populations at risk, aiming at a better outcome in critically ill patients.

Keywords : Intra-Abdominal Hypertension; Compartment Syndrome [diagnosis]; Questionnaires.

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