The PiCCO-Catheter Monitor

See PiCCO CD in Registrars office.

This method has evolved as an alternative to catheterization of the right heart in an attempt to elucidate further the concept of cardiac pre-load and patient fluid status.

Aims

  • Measurement of cardiac output by means other than PA catheter.

  • Estimation of pre-load, intra-thoracic blood volume extra-vascular lung water.

 

Technique

  • Trans-pulmonary thermo dilution measurement and analysis of pulse contour.

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