Intra-abdominal (bladder) pressure monitoring made simple.
Intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) contribute significantly to multi-organ failure in critically ill patients. IAH has a prevalence of at least 50% of ICU patients and is an independent risk factor for death.1
Still, many healthcare professionals are unaware of the consequences of untreated IAH and therefore do not regularly assess for intra-abdominal pressure. This is further discouraged by the time-consuming, unwieldy and unreliable methods used for measuring. Traditional methods often involve complex setups, increasing the risk for error. Some even require opening the closed drainage system – putting patients at an increased risk for a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). When asked, 74% of nurses said they would monitor IAP more if it were easier and more accurate.2
Now it is. The Accuryn urinary catheter measures IAP from a small balloon seamlessly integrated directly below the catheter tip. Simply push a button and get an accurate reading.
- Alerts clinicians to elevated IAP, leading to earlier detection of IAH/ACS
- Runs IAP measurements in the background to provide 6 and 12-hour trends
- Requires virtually no setup, minimizing risk of human error
- Significantly decreases clinician utilization for IAP monitoring
Push a button, get an accurate reading. Period.
There is a strong case for regular measurement of IAP as part of an evidence-based protocol. These measurements can be used to better guide patient care to help reduce occurrences and complications of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome. In particular, the 2010 Cheatham Critical Care Medicine study showed significant improvement in survival to discharge when IAP is monitored.
The single multivariate predictor that improved survival a significant amount – more than threefold – was prophylactic open abdomen management strategy, which requires serial IAP measurements. The diagnosis and management of IAH and Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (ACS) have changed significantly over time with an improved understanding of the pathophysiology and appropriate treatment of these disease processes. Serial intra-abdominal pressure measurements, non-operative pressure-reducing interventions, and early abdominal decompression for refractory intra-abdominal hypertension or abdominal compartment syndrome are all key elements of this developing strategy.
Together with these protocols, intra-abdominal pressure readings can empower clinicians to improve clinical outcomes and save patient lives.
“Intra-Abdominal Hypertension is common, deadly and treatable. You should monitor IAP and Treat IAH/ACS!”
–Edward J. Kimball, M.D.
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Accuryn’s clinical value—precise, real-time measurement of IAP, UO and core body temperature—is supported by external research and clinical studies.