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Critical Care Research and Practice
Volume 2010, Article ID 876013, 6 pages
Research Article

Understanding of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome among Pediatric Healthcare Providers

1Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, 11175 Campus Street, Suite A1117, Coleman Pavilion, Loma Linda, CA 92354 , USA
2Department of Nursing, Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, Loma Linda, CA 92354, USA
3Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92354, USA
4Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92354, USA

Received 3 June 2010; Accepted 13 July 2010

Academic Editor: Rao Ramachandra Ivatury

Copyright © 2010 J. Chiaka Ejike et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The sparse reporting of abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) in the pediatric literature may reflect inadequate awareness and recognition among pediatric healthcare providers (HCP). Purpose. To assess awareness of ACS, knowledge of the definition and intraabdominal pressure (IAP) measurement techniques used among pediatric HCP. Method. A written survey distributed at two pediatric critical care conferences. Results. Forty-seven percent of 1107 questionnaires were completed. Participants included pediatric intensivists, pediatric nurses, and others. Seventy-seven percent ( 𝑛 = 5 1 3 ) of participants had heard of ACS. Only 46.8% defined ACS correctly. The threshold IAP value used to define ACS was variable among participants. About one-quarter of participants (83/343), had never measured IAP. Conclusion. Twenty-three percent of HCP surveyed were unaware of ACS. Criteria used to define ACS were variable. Focused education on recognition of ACS and measuring IAP should be promoted among pediatric HCP.