Volume 23 No.1, April 2016


Pulse waveform hemodynamic monitoring devices: recent advances and the place in goal-directed therapy in cardiac surgical patients

Adham Hendy, Şerban Bubenek

Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, 1st Department of Cardiovascular Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, C.C. Iliescu Emergency Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases, Bucharest, Romania

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21454/rjaic.7518.231.wvf

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Hemodynamic monitoring has evolved and improved greatly during the past decades as the medical approach has shifted from a static to a functional approach. The technological advances have led to innovating calibrated or not, but minimally invasive and noninvasive devices based on arterial pressure waveform (APW) analysis. This systematic clinical review outlines the physiologic rationale behind these recent technologies. We describe the strengths and the limitations of each method in terms of accuracy and precision of measuring the flow parameters (stroke volume, cardiac output) and dynamic parameters which predict the fluid responsiveness. We also analyzed the place of the APW monitoring devices in goal-directed therapy (GDT) protocols in cardiac surgical patients. According to the data from the three GDT-randomized control trials performed in cardiac surgery (using two types of APW techniques PiCCO and FloTrac/Vigileo), these devices did not demonstrate that they played a role in decreasing mortality, but only decreasing the ventilation time and the ICU and hospital length of stay.

Keywords: minimally invasive monitoring, non-invasive monitoring, arterial pressure wave form technology, perioperative hemodynamic optimization by goal-directed therapy, cardiovascular surgery