When do I use PiCCO?
- Same reasons as for a PA cath except……
Use a PA Cath if:
- You need to know pulmonary artery pressures, eg some cardiac surgery
Use a PiCCO if:
- You are concerned about risk of PA rupture eg elderly female with coagulopathy
In selecting PiCCO, consider:
Can the patient be managed with a CVC?
PA rupture risk vs benefit of intrathoracic blood volume measurement.