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National survey of the use of cardiac output monitoring tool in general adult ICUs in the United Kingdom
© Couppis et al. 2011
- Published: 1 March 2011
- Cardiac Output
- Telephone Survey
- Pulmonary Artery Catheter
- Monitoring Tool
Haemodynamic monitoring is essential for the management of critically ill patients. Currently there are various techniques available in clinical practice to measure cardiac output (CO) in ICUs including pulmonary artery catheter (PAC), oesophageal Doppler, lithium dilution cardiac output (LiDCO) and pulse-induced contour cardiac output (PiCCO) studies. In recent times PAC has been used less with less invasive methods becoming more popular. We conducted a telephone survey of the current CO monitoring practices in adult ICUs in the United Kingdom.
All general adult ICUs in the United Kingdom were surveyed via telephone. The nurse-in-charge or the senior physician for the shift was consulted to ascertain which cardiac output monitors (COMs) were available for use, which was their first choice and if they used PAC in the past 12 months.
Frequency of cardiac output monitoring across the United Kingdom
The results show the changes in COM over the past 5 years in comparison with a previous survey in 2005 . There appears to be a steady decline in the use of PACs, with oesophageal Doppler becoming the most popular method of COM. LiDCO and PiCCO are used equally throughout the United Kingdom, with pulse contour analysis becoming less popular.
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