Effects of short-term hyperoxia on sytemic hemodynamics, oxygen transport, and microcirculation: An observational study in patients with septic shock and healthy volunteers

This research by Espinoza and others was published in Journal of Critical Care online in June 2019.
Purpose:  To characterize the microvascular effects of a brief period of hyperoxia, in patients with septic shock and in healthy volunteers.
Materials and methods:  In 20 patients with septic shock, we assessed systemic hemodynamics, sublingual microcirculation by SDF-videomicroscopy, and skin perfusion by capillary refill time (CRT), central-peripheral temperature (ΔT°), and perfusion index. Measurements were performed at baseline and after 5 min of inspired oxygen fraction of 1.00. Additionally, we studied 8 healthy volunteers, in whom hyperoxia was prolonged to 30 min.
Results:  In septic patients, hyperoxia increased mean arterial pressure and systemic vascular resistance, but cardiac output remained unchanged. The only significant change in sublingual microcirculation was a decreased heterogeneity flow index (1.03 [1.01–1.07] vs 1.01 [0.34–1.05], P = .002). Perfused vascular density (13.1 [12.0–15.0] vs 14.0 [12.2–14.8] mm/mm2, P = .21) and the other sublingual microvascular variables were unmodified. CRT and ΔT° did not change but perfusion index slightly decreased. In healthy volunteers, sublingual microcirculation and skin perfusion were stable.
Conclusions:  Short-term hyperoxia induced systemic cardiovascular changes but was not associated with noticeable derangement in sublingual microcirculation and skin perfusion. Nevertheless, longer exposures to hyperoxia might have produced different results.
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