volume 16, issue 4, P248-251 1990
DOI: 10.1007/bf01705160
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Abstract: We compared a modified Fick method for measuring cardiac output against the thermodilution method in 11 critically-ill patients on mechanical ventilation. Oxygen consumption (VO2) was calculated indirectly, by measuring the carbon dioxide elimination (VCO2) during steady state and by assuming an average respiratory quotient of 0.9. For a total of 129 measurements, the mean difference in cardiac output between both methods was 0.03 +/- 1.3 l/min (95% confidence interval, -0.19 to 0.25 l/min, p = 0.7) standard d…

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