Journal article

Impact of patient and environmental factors on capillary refill time in adults

Bronwyn Anderson, Anne-Maree Kelly, Debra Kerr, Megan Clooney, Damien Jolley

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Capillary refill time (CRT) has been taught as a rapid indicator of circulatory status. The aim of this study was to define normal CRT in the Australian context and the environmental, patient, and drug factors that influence it. METHODS: This prospective observational study included healthy adults at hospital clinics, workplaces, universities, and community groups. Volunteer participants provided their age, sex, ethnic group, and use of hypertensive or cardiac medications. Capillary refill time, ambient temperature, and patient temperature were recorded in a standard manner. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and regression analyses. The 95th percentile was used to d..

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