Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 257–263 | Cite as

Continuous and intermittent cardiac output measurement in hyperdynamic conditions: pulmonary artery catheter vs. lithium dilution technique

  • Maria Gabriella Costa
  • Giorgio Della Rocca
  • Paolo Chiarandini
  • Silvia Mattelig
  • Livia Pompei
  • Mauricio Sainz Barriga
  • Toby Reynolds
  • Maurizio Cecconi
  • Paolo Pietropaoli



This study aimed to assess the level of agreement of both intermittent cardiac output monitoring by the lithium dilution technique (COLi) and continuous cardiac output monitoring (PulseCOLi) using the arterial pressure waveform with intermittent thermodilution using a pulmonary artery catheter (COPAC).


Prospective, single-center evaluation.


University Hospital Intensive Care Unit.


Patients (n = 23) receiving liver transplantation.


Pulmonary artery catheters were placed in all patients and COPAC was determined using thermodilution. COLi and PulseCOLi measurements were made using the LiDCO system.

Measurements and main results

Data were collected after intensive care unit admission and every 8 h until the 48th hour. A total of 151 COPAC, COLi and PulseCOLi measurements were analysed. Bias and 95% limit of agreement were 0.11 lmin–1 and –1.84 to + 2.05 lmin–1 for COPAC vs. COLi (r = 0.88) resulting in an overall percentage error of 15.6%. Bias and 95% limit of agreement for COPAC vs. PulseCOLi were 0.29 lmin–1 and –1.87 to + 2.46 lmin–1 (r = 0.85) with a percentage error of 16.8%. Subgroup analysis revealed a percentage error of 15.7% for COPAC vs. COLi and 15.1% for COPAC vs. PulseCOLi for data pairs less than 8 lmin–1, and percentage errors of 15.5% and 18.5% respectively for data pairs higher than 8 lmin–1.


In patients with hyperdynamic circulation, intermittent and continuous CO values determined using the LiDCO system showed good agreement with those obtained by intermittent pulmonary artery thermodilution.


Continuous cardiac output Lithium dilution technique Pulmonary artery catheter Pulse waveform analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Gabriella Costa
    • 1
  • Giorgio Della Rocca
    • 1
  • Paolo Chiarandini
    • 1
  • Silvia Mattelig
    • 1
  • Livia Pompei
    • 1
  • Mauricio Sainz Barriga
    • 2
  • Toby Reynolds
    • 4
  • Maurizio Cecconi
    • 1
  • Paolo Pietropaoli
    • 3
  1. 1.Clinica di Anestesia e RianimazioneAzienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di UdineUdineItaly
  2. 2.Department of Surgery-Transplant UnitUniversity of UdineUdineItaly
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care MedicineUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  4. 4.St George’s University of LondonLondonUK

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