oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - A journal article that changed my practice : predictive value of the stomach wall pH for complications after cardiac operations : comparison with other monitoring : refresher course

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



The ability to predict impending complications after elective cardiac operations from measurements of blood pressure, cardiac index, arterial pH, and urine output on the day of operation, was compared with that of indirect measurement of stomach wall pH in 85 patients. We found that acidosis in the stomach wall was the most sensitive predictor for complications.

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