3D animation on the importance of monitoring intra-abdominal pressure in ICU patients by measuring bladder pressure.

Elevated intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) in ICU patients can lead to intra-abdominal hypertension, which can result in end-organ damage, dysfunction, and even death. Volume-substituted patients with sepsis may experience capillary leakage, which can lead to edema and swelling of the tissues and organs of the intestinal cavity. This increased intra-abdominal pressure compresses the vena cava, resulting in venous hypertension and venous congestion of the organs. This dramatically decreases preload, or blood flow to the heart. This leads in turn to a decrease in cardiac output and decreased blood flow to critical organs (ischemia of the kidneys and mesentery). Likewise, intra-abdominal pressure affects the diaphragm and causes an increase in intrathoracic pressure, which can lead to lung injury and intracranial hypertension. The end result is poor tissue perfusion, which can lead to multiorgan failure and even death.

The position of the bladder in the abdomen allows monitoring of the patient's bladder pressure to control intra-abdominal pressure, allowing early countermeasures to be taken to lower the pressure.


Project details: 

Content: 3D animation

Utilization: Youtube, Website, social media, congress

Specifications: Full-HD, 2:00 min, english Voice-Over

Client:  Convatec Inc - Schweiz

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animated section body

Flyinto the human body


bladder pressure catheter monitoring

Monitoring intra-abdominal pressure in intensive care patients using bladder catheters.


intensive care patient

Patient in the intensive care unit


intraabdominal pressure

Increasing intra-abdominal pressure in intensive care patient.

  compression vena cava

Compression of the vena cava - less blood can be transported through the vein.


reduced pre load

Reduced pre-load, i.e. less incoming blood to the heart


insufficient supply kidney intestine

Insufficient supply of kidneys and intestines


intrathoracic pressure

Increase in intrathoracic pressure



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