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Conclusions

Pulse pressure analysis has an important role in the management of critically ill patients. There are currently several devices available that are less invasive and serve to provide continuous and accurate measurements of cardiac output. PiCCO is the oldest device and has been validated in several clinical situations. LiDCO is more recent and has also been validated, with more studies to follow. PRAM and FloTrac are very new devices that have the advantage of not requiring calibration and being quick and easy to use. There is evidence validating PRAM and results on the use of FloTrac are expected in the near future. There has been much criticism about the use of the PAC recently. It is our vision that pulse pressure analysis will be implemented in clinical protocols to change management and outcome in critically ill patients.

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Cecconi, M., Wilson, J., Rhodes, A. (2006). Pulse Pressure Analysis. In: Vincent, JL. (eds) Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, vol 2006. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-33396-7_17

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