Applications of minimally invasive cardiac output monitors
1 VA Western New York Healthcare System, Division of Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY, USA
2 University of Iowa, Mason City Cardiology, Mason City, Iowa, USA
3 VA Medical Center, Rm 203C, 3495 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215, USA
International Journal of Emergency Medicine 2012, 5:18 doi:10.1186/1865-1380-5-18Published: 24 April 2012
Because of the increasing age of the population, critical care and emergency medicine physicians have seen an increased number of critically ill patients over the last decade. Moreover, the trend of hospital closures in the United States t imposes a burden of increased efficiency. Hence, the identification of devices that facilitate accurate but rapid assessments of hemodynamic parameters without the added burden of invasiveness becomes tantamount. The purpose of this review is to understand the applications and limitations of these new technologies.