PiCCO Guidelines

When do I use PiCCO?

  • Same reasons as for a PA cath except……


  1. Use a PA Cath if:

    1. You need to know pulmonary artery pressures, eg some cardiac surgery
  2. Use a PiCCO if:

    1. You are concerned about risk of PA rupture eg elderly female with coagulopathy
  3. In selecting PiCCO, consider:

    1. Can the patient be managed with a CVC?

    2. Risk-benefit?

    3. PA rupture risk vs benefit of intrathoracic blood volume measurement.

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Page last reviewed: 09 May 2014