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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-10325

Tomaske, M; Knirsch, W; Kretschmar, O; Woitzek, K; Balmer, C; Schmitz, A; Bauersfeld, U; Weiss, M (2008). Cardiac output measurement in children: comparison of Aesculon cardiac output monitor and thermodilution. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 100(4):517-520.

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BACKGROUND: We compared cardiac output (CO) measurements by the non-invasive electrical velocimetry (Aesculon) monitor with the pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) thermodilution method in children. METHODS: CO values using the Aesculon monitor and PAC thermodilution were simultaneously recorded during cardiac catheterization in children. Measurements were performed under general anaesthesia. To compare, three consecutive measurements for each patient within 3 min were obtained. The means of the three values were compared using simple regression and Bland-Altman analysis. Data were presented as mean (sd). A mean percentage of <30% was defined to indicate clinical useful reliability of the Aesculon monitor. RESULTS: A total of 50 patients with a median (range) age of 7.5 (0.5-16.5) yr were enrolled in the study. Mean CO values were 3.7 (1.5) litre min(-1) (PAC thermodilution) and 3.1 (1.7) litre min(-1) (Aesculon) monitor). Analysis for CO measurement showed a good correlation between the two methods (r=0.894; P<0.0001). The bias between the two methods was 0.66 litre min(-1) with a precision of 1.49 litre min(-1). The mean percentage error for CO measurements was 48.9% for the Aesculon monitor when compared with PAC thermodilution. CONCLUSIONS: Electrical velocimetry using the Aesculon monitor did not provide reliable CO values when compared with PAC thermodilution. Whether the Aesculon monitor can be used as a CO trend monitor has to be assessed by further investigations in patients with changing haemodynamics.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:30 Jan 2009 21:55
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 20:52
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Publisher DOI:10.1093/bja/aen024
PubMed ID:18305081

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