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Measurement of Central and Peripheral Temperature as an Indicator of Peripheral Perfusion in a Patient with Shock

Specialty:

Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Cardiology

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Description:

In a patient with shock the skin is often cool and pale because of poor peripheral perfusion. The skin temperature of the great toe is a accessible measurement that may correlate with perfusion in some patients with shock. Monitoring the temperature over time can be a useful indicator of worsening or improving shock.

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