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Determination of the Intravascular Volume Status Using the Vascular Pedicle Width on a Chest X-Ray

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Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

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Ely and Haponik measured the vascular pedicle width (VPW) on chest X-rays taken in supine patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). This can be used to assess the intravascular volume without the need of a central line and can help determine if a patient is fluid overloaded. The authors are from Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins Universities.

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