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Online ISSN 1827-1596
Sanna L. LAHTINEN 1, 2, Janne H. LIISANANTTI 2, 3, Meri M. POUKKANEN 4, Päivi A. LAURILA 1, 2
1 Department of Anaesthesia, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland; 2 Medical Research Centre and Research Group of Surgery, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland; 3 Department of Anaesthesia, Division of Intensive Care Medicine, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland; 4 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Lapland Central Hospital, Rovaniemi, Finland
BACKGROUND: Goal-directed fluid management using stroke volume variation (SVV) analysis is not well studied in free flap reconstruction surgery in patients with head and neck cancer.
METHODS: Patients operated due to cancer of the head and neck with free flap reconstruction during 2008-2010 and 2012-2014 in Oulu University Hospital were retrospectively evaluated to determine the impact of SVV-guided fluid management on perioperative fluid balance, postoperative complications and hospital length of stay (LOS).
RESULTS: A total of 104 patients were included in the study and in 48 of them SVV was used to guide intraoperative fluid management. The SVV-guided fluid management led to signifcant reduction in intraoperative fluid load (6070 ml vs 8185 ml) and hospital length of stay (11.5 vs 14.0 days). There was no difference in the number of postoperative complications between the groups.
CONCLUSION: The SVV-guided fluid management reduces fluid administration in free flap reconstruction surgery with head and neck cancer.