Making sense of central venous pressure

Cornock, M. (1996). Making sense of central venous pressure. Nursing Times, 92(40) pp. 38–39.



Central venous pressure (CVP) is the pressure within a central vein that represents the pressure created by the venous return in the right atrium, otherwise known as the right atrial end diastolic pressure. It is expressed as a numerical value in either millimetres of mercury (mmHg) or centimetres of water (cmH2O).

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