A prospective pilot study evaluating the ‘cardiac decompensation score’ in the setting of intraaortic balloon counterpulsation

Lewis, Peter A., Bartlett, Harry, Townsend, Shane, Courtney, Mary D., Mullany, Daniel V., & Coyer, Fiona M. (2011) A prospective pilot study evaluating the ‘cardiac decompensation score’ in the setting of intraaortic balloon counterpulsation. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 27(1), pp. 31-36.

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The study objective was to determine whether the ‘cardiac decompensation score’ could identify cardiac decompensation in a patient with existing cardiac compromise managed with intraaortic balloon counterpulsation (IABP). A one-group, posttest-only design was utilised to collect observations in 2003 from IABP recipients treated in the intensive care unit of a 450 bed Australian, government funded, public, cardiothoracic, tertiary referral hospital. Twenty-three consecutive IABP recipients were enrolled, four of whom died in ICU (17.4%). All non-survivors exhibited primarily rising scores over the observation period (p < 0.001) and had final scores of 25 or higher. In contrast, the maximum score obtained by a survivor at any time was 15. Regardless of survival, scores for the 23 participants were generally decreasing immediately following therapy escalation (p = 0.016). Further reflecting these changes in patient support, there was also a trend for scores to move from rising to falling at such treatment escalations (p = 0.024). This pilot study indicates the ‘cardiac decompensation score’ to accurately represent changes in heart function specific to an individual patient. Use of the score in conjunction with IABP may lead to earlier identification of changes occurring in a patient's cardiac function and thus facilitate improved IABP outcomes.

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ID Code: 39052
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Heart Failure, Intraaortic Balloon Pumping, Counterpulsation, Cardiac Output, Low
DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2010.10.001
ISSN: 0964-3397
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Intensive and Critical Care Nursing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, [VOL 27, ISSUE 1, (2011)] DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2010.10.001
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2010 01:13
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 07:39

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