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Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials


ISSN (Print): 1574-8871
ISSN (Online): 1876-1038

Cardiac Output by Flotrac/VigileoTM Validation Trials: Are there Reliable Conclusions?

Author(s): Enrico Giustiniano, Emanuela Morenghi, Nadia Ruggieri, Francesco Pellegrino, Jana Balazova, Cristina Dominoni and Gian Luca Marinelli

Volume 7, Issue 3, 2012

Page: [181 - 186] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/157488712802281367

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We reviewed the comparative trials of the Flotrac/VigileoTM versus the thermodilution method, published in the last five years. The results about the agreement between the two methods measuring cardiac output are contrasting. We also noticed that almost the whole pertinent literature include studies conducted without a correct statistical design, particularly about the sample size. For this reason we consider that results of the published studies about the agreement between pulse contour analysis for cardiac output measurement and thermodilution method may be not reliable.

Keywords: Pulse contour analysis, cardiac output, thermodilution method.

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