Cardiac output by Flotrac/Vigileo™ validation trials: Are there reliable conclusions?

Enrico Giustiniano, Emanuela Morenghi, Nadia Ruggieri, Francesco Pellegrino, Jana Balazova, Cristina Dominoni, Gian Luca Marinelli

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We reviewed the comparative trials of the Flotrac/Vigileo™ 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-186
Number of pages6
JournalReviews on Recent Clinical Trials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Cardiac output
  • Pulse contour analysis
  • Thermodilution method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology


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