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Am J Physiol. 1994 Feb;266(2 Pt 2):R368-74.

Measurement of circulating blood volume in vivo after trauma-hemorrhage and hemodilution.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824.


Although cardiac output (CO) and other hemodynamic variables are used to assess the adequacy of fluid resuscitation after hemorrhage, it is not known whether there is any correlation between restoration of CO and circulating blood volume (CBV). To determine this, rats underwent a midline laparotomy (i.e., trauma induced) and were bled to and maintained at a mean arterial pressure of 40 mmHg until 40% of maximum bleedout volume was returned in the form of Ringer lactate (RL). The animals were then resuscitated with four or five times the volume of maximum bleedout in the form of RL. CO and hepatocellular function were measured using an in vivo hemoreflectometer. CBV was monitored by using in vivo indocyanine green clearance. A good correlation between the values of blood volume obtained by this method and the 125I-albumin method indicates that the indocyanine green method is also a reliable technique for measuring CBV. Results indicate that resuscitation after hemorrhage improved the decreased CBV but did not restore it to control levels despite the fact that CO was restored and central venous pressure was more than doubled. A good correlation between depressed CBV and hepatocellular dysfunction was also observed under such conditions. Thus measurement of CBV appears to be useful for evaluating the adequacy of fluid resuscitation after trauma-hemorrhage and hemodilution.

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