, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 180-187

Assessment of cardiac preload and extravascular lung water by single transpulmonary thermodilution

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Objective: Transpulmonary double-indicator dilution is a useful monitoring technique for measurement of intrathoracic blood volume (ITBV) and extravascular lung water (EVLW). In this study, we compared a simpler approach using single arterial thermodilution derived measurements of ITBV and EVLW with the double-indicator dilution technique.¶Design: Prospective observational clinical study.¶Setting: Surgical intensive care units of two university hospitals.¶Patients and methods: Global end-diastolic volume (GEDV) derived from single thermodilution was used for calculation of ITBV. Structural regression analysis of the first two thermo-dye dilution measurements in a derivation population of 57 critically ill patients (38 male, 19 female, 18–79 years, 56 ± 15 years) revealed ITBV = (1.25 · GEDV)–28.4 (ml). This equation was then applied to all first measurements in a validation population of 209 critically ill patients (139 male, 70 female, 10–88 years, mean 53 ± 19 years), and single-thermodilution ITBV (ITBVST) and EVLW (EVLWST) was calculated and compared to thermo-dye dilution derived values (ITBVTD, EVLWTD). For inter-individual comparison, absolute values for ITBV and EVLW were normalised as indexed by body surface area (ITBVI) and body weight (EVLWI), respectively.¶Measurements and results: Linear regression analysis yielded a correlation of ITBVIST = (1.05 · ITBVITD)–58.0 (ml/m2), r = 0.97, P < 0.0001. Bias between ITBVITD and ITBVIST was 7.6 (ml/m2) with a standard deviation of 57.4 (ml/m2). Single-thermodilution EVLWI (EVLWIST) was calculated using ITBVIST and revealed the correlation EVLWIST = (0.83 · EVLWITD) + 1.6 (ml/kg), r = 0.96, P < 0.0001. Bias between EVLWITD and EVLWIST was –0.2 (ml/kg) with a standard deviation of 1.4 (ml/kg). In detail, EVLWIST systematically overestimated EVLWITD at low-normal values for EVLWI and underestimated EVLWI at higher values (above 12 ml/kg).¶Conclusion: Determinations of ITBV and EVLW by single thermodilution agreed closely with the corresponding values from the double-indicator technique. Since transpulmonary single thermodilution is simple to apply, less invasive and cheaper, all these features make it a promising technique for the bedside. Nevertheless, further validation studies are needed in the future.

Received: 13 August 1999/Final revision received: 6 December 1999/Accepted: 10 December 1999