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This study tests the reliability of thermodilution cardiac output measurements with pulmonary artery catheters in immediate connection with heart surgery. In accordance with our clinical practice, thermal indicator injections are synchronized with respiration. The impact on measurement repeatability of spontaneous vs artificial ventilation and the effect of the injectate temperature is tested.
The study hypothesis is that when injections are synchronized with the respiration, only three injections at room temperature are needed to be within 5 % of the "true" cardiac output in mechanically ventilated patients.
Bolus thermodilution cardiac output measurements by means of a pulmonary artery catheter have been a mainstay of monitoring critically ill patients for more than thirty years. Recent studies have questioned wether the traditional practice of averaging measurements from tree room temperature thermal indicator injections give sufficient precision.
This study tests the number of indicator injections necessary to be within 5 % of the "true" cardiac output (taken as the average of 16 injections) when the injection is synchronized with the respiration. The reliability of the thermodilution measurements are tested A) in sedated, artificially ventilated cardiac surgical patients and B) in the same patients when postoperatively awake and spontaneously breathing. We further compare the use of room temperature and iced thermal indicator injections.
The study hypothesis is that when injections are synchronized with the respiration, only three injections at room temperature are needed to achieve the desired precision in mechanically ventilated patients.
Only patients receiving a pulmonary artery catheter according our institution standard procedure of care will be included.
Time Perspective: Prospective
Thermodilution, Cardiac Output
Pulmonary artery catheter
St Olav University Hospital
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:38:56-0400
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