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The Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing is the result of the merger of the International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing and the Journal of Clinical Monitoring . The merger will make it possible to continue and strengthen the tradition of the two parent journals namely the publication of contributions by and for clinicians and engineers interested in the ever growing field of measuring and monitoring in the Operating Room and the Intensive Care Unit. Medicine relies to an ever increasing degree on technology whether drug delivery systems or ventilators the internet or data management: the Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing makes it easy to stay abreast. No other journal can help the clinician with the many problems and promises of data management better than JCMC ; no other journal can introduce engineers to the needs of clinicians as well as JCMC .

Current impact factor: 1.45

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2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.448
2012 Impact Factor 0.709
2011 Impact Factor 0.887
2000 Impact Factor 0.488
1999 Impact Factor 0.288

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    ABSTRACT: We know that a 10 cm departure from the reference level of pressure transducer position is equal to a 7.5 mmHg change of invasive hemodynamic pressure monitoring in a fluid-filled system. However, the relationship between the site level of a variable arterial pressure transducer and the pulse contour-derived parameters has yet to be established in critically ill patients. Moreover, the related quantitative analysis has never been investigated. Forty-two critically ill patients requiring PiCCO-Plus cardiac output monitoring were prospectively studied. The phlebostatic axis was defined as the zero reference level; the arterial pressure transducer was then vertically adjusted to different positions (+5, +10, +15, +20, -20, -15, -10, -5 cm) of departure from the zero reference site. The pulse contour waveform-derived parameters were recorded at each position. Elevation of the pressure transducer caused significantly positive changes in the continuous cardiac index (+CCI), stroke volume index (+SVI), and stroke volume variation (+SVV), and negative changes in the rate of left ventricular pressure rise during systole (-dP/dtmax), the systemic vascular resistance index (-SVRI), and vice versa. At the 5 cm position, the SVRI changes reached statistical significance with error. At the 10 cm position, the changes in CCI and dP/dtmax reached statistical significance with error, while the change in SVV reached statistical significance at 15 cm. The change rate of CCI was more than 5 % at the 15 cm position and approximately 10 % at the 20 cm position. On average, for every centimeter change of the transducer, there was a corresponding 0.014 L/min/m(2) CCI change and 0.36 % change rate, a 1.41 mmHg/s dP/dtmax change and 0.13 % change rate, and a 25 dyne/s/cm(5) SVRI change and 1.2 % change rate. The variation of arterial transducer position can result in inaccurate measurement of pulse contour waveform-derived parameters, especially when the transducer's vertical distance is more than 10 cm from the phlebostatic axis. These findings have clinical implications for continuous hemodynamic monitoring.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9756-x
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    ABSTRACT: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has gained acceptance for cerebral monitoring, especially during cardiac surgery, though there are few data showing its validity. We therefore aimed to correlate invasive brain tissue oxygen measurements (PtiO2) with the corresponding NIRS-values (regional oxygen saturation, rSO2). We also studied whether NIRS was able to detect ischemic events, defined as a PtiO2-value of <15 mmHg. Eleven patients were studied with invasive brain tissue oxygen monitoring and continuous-wave NIRS. PtiO2-correlation with corresponding NIRS-values was calculated. We found no correlation between PtiO2- and NIRS-readings. Measurement of rSO2 was no better than flipping a coin in the detection of cerebral ischemia when a commonly agreed ischemic PtiO2 cut-off value of <15 mmHg was chosen. Continuous-wave-NIRS was unable to reliably detect ischemic cerebral episodes, defined as a PtiO2 value <15 mmHg. Displayed NIRS-values did not correlate with invasively measured PtiO2-values. CW-NIRS should not be used for the detection of cerebral ischemia.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9755-y
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    ABSTRACT: We assessed the effect of re-calibration time on cardiac output estimation and trending performance in a retrospective analysis of an intensive care unit patient population using error grid analyses. Paired thermodilution and arterial blood pressure waveform measurements (N = 2141) from 222 patient records were extracted from the Multiparameter Intelligent Monitoring in Intensive Care II database. Pulse contour analysis was performed by implementing a previously reported algorithm at calibration times of 1, 2, 8 and 24 h. Cardiac output estimation agreement was assessed using Bland-Altman and error grid analyses. Trending was assessed by concordance and a 4-Quadrant error grid analysis. Error between pulse contour and thermodilution increased with longer calibration times. Limits of agreement were -1.85 to 1.66 L/min for 1 h maximum calibration time compared to -2.70 to 2.41 L/min for 24 h. Error grid analysis resulted in 74.2 % of points bounded by 20 % error limits of thermodilution measurements for 1 h calibration time compared to 65 % for 24 h. 4-Quadrant error grid analysis showed <75 % of changes in pulse contour estimates to be within ±80 % of the change in the thermodilution measurement at any calibration time. Shorter calibration times improved the agreement of cardiac output pulse contour estimates with thermodilution. Use of minimally invasive pulse contour methods in intensive care monitoring could benefit from prospective studies evaluating calibration protocols. The applied pulse contour analysis method and thermodilution showed poor agreement to monitor changes in cardiac output.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9749-9
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    ABSTRACT: The displayed readings of Masimo pulse oximeters used in the Benefits Of Oxygen Saturation Targeting (BOOST) II and related trials in very preterm babies were influenced by trial-imposed offsets and an artefact in the calibration software. A study was undertaken to implement new algorithms that eliminate the effects of offsets and artefact. In the BOOST-New Zealand trial, oxygen saturations were averaged and stored every 10 s up to 36 weeks' post-menstrual age. Two-hundred and fifty-seven of 340 babies enrolled in the trial had at least two weeks of stored data. Oxygen saturation distribution patterns corresponding with a +3 % or -3 % offset in the 85-95 % range were identified together with that due to the calibration artefact. Algorithms involving linear and quadratic interpolations were developed, implemented on each baby of the dataset and validated using the data of a UK preterm baby, as recorded from Masimo oximeters with the original software and a non-offset Siemens oximeter. Saturation distributions obtained were compared for both groups. There were a flat region at saturations 85-87 % and a peak at 96 % from the lower saturation target oximeters, and at 93-95 and 84 % respectively from the higher saturation target oximeters. The algorithms lowered the peaks and redistributed the accumulated frequencies to the flat regions and artefact at 87-90 %. The resulting distributions were very close to those obtained from the Siemens oximeter. The artefact and offsets of the Masimo oximeter's software had been addressed to determine the true saturation readings through the use of novel algorithms. The implementation would enable New Zealand data be included in the meta-analysis of BOOST II trials, and be used in neonatal oxygen studies.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9752-1
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    ABSTRACT: TOF (train-of-four) monitoring provides objective data in application of neuromuscular blocking agent. Thus, applicator-based differences are eliminated and optimum muscle relaxation is maintained during operation. In the present study, we aimed to compare the effects of target-controlled infusion system and standard TOF monitoring, on use of rocuronium. ASA I-II patients, who were aged between 18 and 75 years and scheduled for elective abdominal surgery at Haydarpaşa Numune Training and Research Hospital, were enrolled in the study. In order to evaluate neuromuscular blockade, the patients in Group 1 were connected to the acceleromyography device of the target-controlled infusion pump (Veryark-CLMRIS-I-China) while the ones in Group 2 were connected to the routinely used acceleromyography device (TOF Watch SX). There was no significant difference between groups regarding patient characteristics, the durations of anaesthesia and surgery, quality of intubation, time to extubation and time to recovery (TOF ratio of 0.9). Intubation time was significantly longer in Group 1 (Automated group) as compared to Group 2 (Control group) (p < 0.05). The total rocuronium amount used in Group 1 was found to be significantly higher than the amount used in Group 2 (p < 0.05). There was no clinical evidence of residual neuromuscular blockage or reoccurrence of neuromuscular blockage in any patient in either group. Both methods can be used for administration of neuromuscular blocker agent during moderate time anesthesia. No advantage was noted when rocuronium was administered via automatical infusion pump during anaesthesia.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9751-2
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate a forward-sensing fiber-optic pressure technique for recording of intramuscular pressure (IMP) in the human leg and investigate factors that may influence IMP measurements used in diagnosing compartment syndromes. IMP in the tibialis anterior muscle was recorded simultaneously by a fiber-optic technique and needle-injection technique in 12 legs of 7 healthy subjects. Both measurement catheters were placed in parallel with the muscle fibers to the same depth, as verified by sonography. IMP recordings were performed at rest before, during and after applying a model of abnormally elevated IMP (simulated compartment syndrome). IMP was elevated by venous obstruction induced by a thigh tourniquet of a casted leg. IMP was also measured during injections of 0.1 ml of saline into the muscle through the catheters. IMP at baseline was 5.1 (SD = 2.6) mmHg measured with the fiber-optic technique and 7.1 (SD = 2.5) mmHg with the needle-injection technique (p < 0.001). It increased to 48.5 (SD = 6.9) mmHg and 47.6 (SD = 6.6) mmHg respectively, during simulated compartment syndrome. IMP increased significantly following injection of 0.1 ml of saline, measured by both techniques. It remained increased 1 min after injection. The fiber-optic technique was able to record pulse-synchronous IMP oscillations. The fiber-optic technique may be used for IMP measurements in a muscle with both normal and abnormally elevated IMP. It has good dynamic properties allowing for measurement of IMP oscillations. Saline injection used with needle-injection systems to ensure catheter patency compromises IMP readings at least one minute after injection.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9750-3
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    ABSTRACT: An end-tidal CO2 monitor (capnometer) is used most often as a noninvasive substitute for PaCO2 in anesthesia, anesthetic recovery, and intensive care. Additionally, the wide spread on-site use of portable capnometers in emergency and trauma situations is now observed. This study was conducted to compare PaCO2 measurement between the EMMA™ portable-capnometer and sidestream capnometry. End-tidal CO2 (portable capnometer: EMMA™ capnograph, side stream capnometry module: Datex-Ohmeda S5 Anesthesia Monitor) levels were recorded at the time of arterial blood gas sampling of patients undergoing general anesthesia. Data were compared using the Bland and Altman method, and by evaluating the clinical significance performed by calculating the percent error (%). A total of 100 data were obtained from 35 patients. The bias of PaCO2 and portable capnometer was 6.0 mmHg, where the upper and lower limits of the agreement were 11.8 and 0.3 mmHg, respectively. The percent error was 18.0 %. The bias of side stream capnometry and portable capnometer was 2.2 mmHg, where the upper and the lower limits of the agreement were 6.0 and -1.6 mmHg, respectively. The percent error was 13.0 %. Significant differences between the PETCO2 and PaCO2 values of the EMMA™ portable-capnometer were not observed for patients undergoing general anesthesia. identifier NCT02184728.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9748-x
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    ABSTRACT: Automated low flow anesthesia machines report how much inhaled anesthetic agent has been used for each anesthetic. We compared these reported values with the amount of agent that had disappeared by weighing the vaporizer/injectors before and after each anesthetic. The vaporizers/injectors of the Aisys, Zeus and FLOW-i were weighed with a high precision weighing scale before and after anesthesia with either desflurane in O2/air or sevoflurane in O2/N2O. These values were compared with the values reported by the cumulative agent use display tools of the respective anesthesia machines using a linear curve fit. Twenty-five measurements were performed in each group, except for the sevoflurane data with the Aisys that were available from another study (87 pairs). We also determined the amount lost by inserting and removing the vaporizers/injectors or by performing a machine checkout, corrected the measured amounts for these artifacts and repeated the linear fits. The average amount of sevoflurane and desflurane wasted by inserting and removing the cassette for the Aisys, Zeus, and FLOW-i were 0.21, 0.12, and 0.04 mL and 0.12, 0.61, and 1.13 mL liquid agent, respectively. The average amount of sevoflurane and desflurane wasted by the machine checkout with the Aisys, Zeus, and FLOW-i were 1.78, 0.21, and 1.67 mL and 2.39, 0.67, and 4.19 mL, respectively. Performance error of the displayed amount of agent use remained within 10 % of the weighed amount, expect for amounts less than 3 mL sevofurane with the FLOW-i and less than 20 mL desflurane with the Aisys and FLOW-i. Cumulative agent usage displayed by the Aisys, Zeus, and FLOW-i is within 10 % of the measured consumption, except for low consumption cases (<3 mL sevoflurane, <20 mL desflurane). The differences may be due to either measurement error or cumulative agent display error. The current results can help the researchers decide whether the displayed amounts are accurate enough for their study purposes. The extent to which these discrepancies differ between different units of the same machine remains unstudied.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9746-z
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    ABSTRACT: To systemically evaluate the accuracy of pleth variability index to predict fluid responsiveness in mechanically ventilated patients. A literature search of PUBMED, OVID, CBM, CNKI and Wanfang Data for clinical studies in which the accuracy of pleth variability index to predict fluid responsiveness was performed (last update 5 April 2015). Related journals were also searched manually. Two reviewers independently assessed trial quality according to the modified QUADAS items. Heterogeneous studies and meta-analysis were conducted by Meta-Disc 1.4 software. A subgroup analysis in the operating room (OR) and in intensive care unit (ICU) was also performed. Differences between subgroups were analyzed using the interaction test. A total of 18 studies involving 665 subjects were included. The pooled area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) to predict fluid responsiveness in mechanically ventilated patients was 0.88 [95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.84-0.91]. The pooled sensitivity and specificity were 0.73 (95 % CI 0.68-0.78) and 0.82 (95 % CI 0.77-0.86), respectively. No heterogeneity was found within studies nor between studies. And there was no significant heterogeneity within each subgroup. No statistical differences were found between OR subgroup and ICU subgroup in the AUC [0.89 (95 % CI 0.85-0.92) versus 0.90 (95 % CI 0.82-0.94); P = 0.97], and in the specificity [0.84 (95 % CI 0.75-0.86) vs. 0.84 (95 % CI 0.75-0.91); P = 1.00]. Sensitivity was higher in the OR subgroup than the ICU subgroup [0.84 (95 % CI 0.78-0.88) vs. 0.56 (95 % CI 0.47-0.64); P = 0.00004]. The pleth variability index has a reasonable ability to predict fluid responsiveness.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9742-3
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    ABSTRACT: The CNAP system (CNSystems Medizintechnik AG, Graz, Austria) provides noninvasive continuous arterial pressure measurements by using the volume clamp method. Recently, an algorithm for the determination of cardiac output by pulse contour analysis of the arterial waveform recorded with the CNAP system became available. We evaluated the agreement of the continuous noninvasive cardiac output (CNCO) measurements by CNAP in comparison with cardiac output measurements invasively obtained using transpulmonary thermodilution (TDCO). In this proof-of-concept analysis we studied 38 intensive care unit patients from a previously set up database containing CNAP-derived arterial pressure data and TDCO values obtained with the PiCCO system (Pulsion Medical Systems SE, Feldkirchen, Germany). We applied the new CNCO algorithm retrospectively to the arterial pressure waveforms recorded with CNAP and compared CNCO with the corresponding TDCO values (criterion standard). Analyses were performed separately for (1) CNCO calibrated to the first TDCO (CNCO-cal) and (2) CNCO autocalibrated to biometric patient data (CNCO-auto). We did not perform an analysis of trending capabilities because the patients were hemodynamically stable. The median age and APACHE II score of the 22 male and 16 female patients was 63 years and 18 points, respectively. 18 % were mechanically ventilated and in 29 % vasopressors were administered. Mean ± standard deviation for CNCO-cal, CNCO-auto, and TDCO was 8.1 ± 2.7, 6.4 ± 1.9, and 7.8 ± 2.4 L/min, respectively. For CNCO-cal versus TDCO, Bland-Altman analysis demonstrated a mean difference of +0.2 L/min (standard deviation 1.0 L/min; 95 % limits of agreement -1.7 to +2.2 L/min, percentage error 25 %). For CNCO-auto versus TDCO, the mean difference was -1.4 L/min (standard deviation 1.8 L/min; 95 % limits of agreement -4.9 to +2.1 L/min, percentage error 45 %). This pilot analysis shows that CNCO determination is feasible in critically ill patients. A percentage error of 25 % indicates acceptable agreement between CNCO-cal and TDCO. The mean difference, the standard deviation, and the percentage error between CNCO-auto and TDCO were higher than between CNCO-cal and TDCO. A hyperdynamic cardiocirculatory state in a substantial number of patients and the hemodynamic stability making trending analysis impossible are main limitations of our study.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9744-1
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    ABSTRACT: Uncalibrated arterial waveform analysis enables dynamic preload assessment in a minimally invasive fashion. Evidence about the validity of the technique in patients with impaired left ventricular function is scarce, while adequate cardiac preload assessment would be of great value in these patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of stroke volume variation (SVV) measured with the FloTrac/Vigileo™ system in patients with impaired left ventricular function. In this prospective, observational study, 22 patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction of 40 % or less undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting were included. Patients were considered fluid responsive if cardiac output increased with 15 % or more after volume loading (7 ml kg(-1) ideal body weight). The following variables were calculated: area under the receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve, ideal cut-off value for SVV, sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and overall accuracy. In addition, SVV cut-off points to obtain 90 % true positive and 90 % true negative predictions were determined. ROC analysis revealed an area under the curve of 0.70 [0.47; 0.92]. The ideal SVV cut-off value was 10 %, with a corresponding sensitivity and specificity of 56 and 69 % respectively. Overall accuracy was 64 %, positive and negative predictive values were 69 and 56 % respectively. SVV values to obtain more than 90 % true positive and negative predictions were 16 and 6 % respectively. The ability of uncalibrated arterial waveform analysis SVV to predict fluid responsiveness in patients with impaired LVF was low.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9743-2
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to compare a continuous non-calibrated left heart cardiac index (CI) measurement by arterial waveform analysis (FloTrac(®)/Vigileo(®)) with a continuous calibrated right heart CI measurement by pulmonary artery thermodilution (CCOmbo-PAC(®)/Vigilance II(®)) for hemodynamic monitoring during lung transplantation. CI was measured simultaneously by both techniques in 13 consecutive lung transplants (n = 4 single-lung transplants, n = 9 sequential double-lung transplants) at distinct time points perioperatively. Linear regression analysis and Bland-Altman analysis with percentage error calculation were used for statistical comparison of CI measurements by both techniques. In this study the FloTrac(®) system underestimated the CI in comparison with the continuous pulmonary arterial thermodilution (p < 0.000). For all measurement pairs we calculated a bias of -0.55 l/min/m(2) with limits of agreement between -2.31 and 1.21 l/min/m(2) and a percentage error of 55 %. The overall correlations before clamping a branch oft the pulmonary artery (percentage error 41 %) and during the clamping periods of a branch oft the pulmonary artery (percentage error 66 %) failed to reached the required percentage error of less than 30 %. We found good agreement of both CI measurements techniques only during the measurement point "15 min after starting the second one-lung ventilation period" (percentage error 30 %). No agreement was found during all other measurement points. This pilot study shows for the first time that the CI of the FloTrac(®) system is not comparable with the continuous pulmonary-artery thermodilution during lung transplantation including the time periods without clamping a branch of the pulmonary artery. Arterial waveform and continuous pulmonary artery thermodilution are, therefore, not interchangeable during these complex operations.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9741-4
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    ABSTRACT: Prior studies have examined the static effect of intravenous ketamine on the BIS Index for sedation but it remains unknown if the BIS Index is a reliable method to track sedation levels in the presence of ketamine. The major objective of the current investigation was to compare the BIS Vista Index ability to track varying depths of sedation as determined by OASS scores in a standardized anesthetic regimen with and without ketamine. The study was a randomized, double blinded clinical trial. Patients undergoing breast surgery under sedation with propofol were randomized to receive ketamine (1.5 μg kg min(-1)) or saline. Infusion data was used to estimate propofol plasma concentrations (Cp). The main outcome of interest was the correlation between the BIS Vista Index with the OASS score. Twenty subjects were recruited and fifteen completed the study. Four hundred fifty-five paired data points were included in the analysis. Model performance (Nagelkerke R(2)) of the multinomial logistic regression model was 0.57 with the c-statistic of 0.87 (95 % CI 0.82-0.91). Compared to awake the odds ratio for BIS values predicting moderate sedation in the saline/propofol group 1.19 (95 % CI 1.12-1.25) but only 1.06 (95 % CI 1.02-1.1) in the ketamine/propofol group (P = 0.001). There was no difference in the odds for BIS values to predict deep sedation between groups (P = 0.14). The BIS monitor can be used to monitor sedation level even when ketamine is used with propofol as part of the sedation regimen. However, ketamine reduces the value of the BIS in predicting moderate sedation levels.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9745-0
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the role of cerebral oxygen saturation (ScO2) for prediction of hypotension after spinal anesthesia for caesarean section. Forty-five parturients undergoing elective caesarean section under spinal anesthesia were selected. Blood pressure, heart rate and pulse oxygen saturation before and after anesthesia were recorded, and the association between changes in ScO2 before and after anesthesia with hypotension after spinal anesthesia was explored. Hypotension occurred in 32 parturients after spinal anesthesia. The decrease in ScO2 after spinal anesthesia in parturients with hypotension was larger than in parturients without hypotension (P < 0.05). The duration from the intrathecal injection to 5 % decrease in ScO2 was shorter than that from the intrathecal injection to the occurrence of hypotension (P < 0.05). The mean time from 5 % decrease in ScO2 to hypotension was 38 s. The area under the receiver operation characteristic curve was 0.83 for decrease in ScO2 for prediction of hypotension (P < 0.05), and the optimal threshold value was 4.5 %. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of 4.5 % decrease in ScO2 for prediction of hypotension were 0.75, 0.78, 0.92 and 0.47, respectively. The decrease in ScO2 after spinal anesthesia is associated with hypotension after spinal anesthesia for cesarean section, and may be a clinically useful predictor.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9733-4
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    ABSTRACT: Continuous respiratory gas monitoring is an important tool for clinical monitoring. In particular, measurement of respiratory [Formula: see text] concentration and gasflow can reflect the status of a patient by providing parameters such as volume of carbon dioxide, end-tidal [Formula: see text] respiratory rate and alveolar deadspace. However, in the majority of previous work, [Formula: see text] concentration and gasflow have been studied separately. This study focuses on a mainstream system which simultaneously measures respiratory [Formula: see text] concentration and gasflow at the same location, allowing for volumetric capnography to be implemented. A non-dispersive infrared monitor is used to measure [Formula: see text] concentration and a differential pressure sensor is used to measure gasflow. In developing this new device, we designed a custom airway adapter which can be placed in line with the breathing circuit and accurately monitor relevant respiratory parameters. Because the airway adapter is used both for capnography and gasflow, our system reduces mechanical deadspace. The finite element method was used to design the airway adapter which can provide a strong differential pressure while reducing airway resistance. Statistical analysis using the coefficient of variation was performed to find the optimal driving voltage of the pressure transducer. Calibration between variations and flows was used to avoid pressure signal drift. We carried out targeted experiments using the proposed device and confirmed that the device can produce stable signals.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9739-y
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    ABSTRACT: Measurement of end-tidal carbon dioxide (PETCO2) is useful because of its noninvasiveness, continuity, and response time when sudden changes in ventilation occur during inhalation sedation. We compared the accuracy of PETCO2 using a nasal mask and nasal cannula with the accuracy of transcutaneous carbon dioxide (TC-CO2) and determined which method is more useful during inhalation sedation in volunteers. We used a modified nasal mask (MNM) and modified nasal cannula (MNC) for measurement of PETCO2. The capnometer measured PETCO2 in the gas expired from the nasal cavity by means of two devices. The volunteers received supplemental O2 by means of each device at a flow rate of 6 L/min. After the volunteers lay quietly for 5 min with a supply of 100 % O2, they received supplemental N2O by means of each device at concentrations of 10, 20, and 25 % for 5 min and 30 % for 25 min. The correlation coefficient was poorer in the MNM than in the MNC, and the mean difference between TC-CO2 and PETCO2 in the MNM was greater than that in the MNC. The difference between the TC-CO2 and PETCO2 ranged from 3 to 6 mmHg in the MNM and from 2 to 5 mmHg in the MNC. The difference between two variables against the TC-CO2 and the CO2 waveforms obtained by means of the two devices were within the clinically acceptable range. Our two devices can provide continuous monitoring of PETCO2 with a supply of N2O/O2 in patients undergoing inhalation sedation.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9734-3
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    ABSTRACT: The severity of patient illnesses and medication complexity in post-operative critically ill patients increase the risk for a prolonged QT interval. We determined the prevalence of prolonged QTc in surgical intensive care unit (SICU) patients. We performed a prospective cross-sectional study over a 15-month period at a major academic center. SICU pre-admission and admission EKGs, patient demographics, and laboratory values were analyzed. QTc was evaluated as both a continuous and dichotomous outcome (prolonged QTc > 440 ms). 281 patients were included in the study: 92 % (n = 257) post-operative and 8 % (n = 24) non-operative. On pre-admission EKGs, 32 % of the post-operative group and 42 % of the non-operative group had prolonged QTc (p = 0.25); on post-admission EKGs, 67 % of the post-operative group but only 33 % of the non-operative group had prolonged QTc (p < 0.01). The average change in QTc in the post-operative group was +30.7 ms, as compared to +2 ms in the non-operative group (p < 0.01). On multivariable adjustment for long QTc as a dichotomous outcome, pre-admission prolonged QTc (OR 3.93, CI 1.93-8.00) and having had an operative procedure (OR 4.04, CI 1.67-9.83) were associated with developing prolonged QTc. For QTc as a continuous outcome, intra-operative beta-blocker use was associated with a statistically-significant decrease in QTc duration. None of the patients developed a lethal arrhythmia in the ICU. Prolonged QTc is common among post-operative SICU patients (67 %), however lethal arrhythmias are uncommon. The operative experience increases the risk for long QTc.
    International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10877-015-9736-1