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Evaluation of Electrical Cardiometry to Assess Fluid Responsiveness in Patients with Acute Circulatory Failure: A Comparative Study with Transthoracic Echocardiography

Shashikant Sharma, Rashmi Ramachandran, Vimi Rewari, Anjan Trikha

Keywords : Acute circulatory failure, Bland–Altman plot, Electrical cardiometry, Fluid responsiveness, Transthoracic echocardiography

Citation Information : Sharma S, Ramachandran R, Rewari V, Trikha A. Evaluation of Electrical Cardiometry to Assess Fluid Responsiveness in Patients with Acute Circulatory Failure: A Comparative Study with Transthoracic Echocardiography. Indian J Crit Care Med 2024; 28 (7):650-656.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24753

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 29-06-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Aim: Acute circulatory failure is commonly encountered in critically ill patients, that requires fluid administration as the first line of treatment. However, only 50% of patients are fluid-responsive. Identification of fluid responders is essential to avoid the harmful effects of overzealous fluid therapy. Electrical cardiometry (EC) is a non-invasive bedside tool and has proven to be as good as transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) to track changes in cardiac output. We aimed to look for an agreement between EC and TTE for tracking changes in cardiac output in adult patients with acute circulatory failure before and after the passive leg-raising maneuver. Materials and methods: Prospective comparative study, conducted at a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital. Results: We recruited 125 patients with acute circulatory failure and found 42.4% (53 out of 125) to be fluid-responsive. The Bland–Altman plot analysis showed a mean difference of 2.08 L/min between EC and TTE, with a precision of 3.8 L/min. The limits of agreement (defined as bias ± 1.96SD), were −1.7 L/min and 5.8 L/min, respectively. The percentage of error between EC and TTE was 56% with acceptable limits of 30%. Conclusion: The percentage error beyond the acceptable limit suggests the non-interchangeability of the two techniques. More studies with larger sample sizes are required to establish the interchangeability of EC with TTE for tracking changes in cardiac output in critically ill patients with acute circulatory failure.

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