Dynamic response of liquid-filled catheter systems for measurement of blood pressure: Precision of measurements and reliability of the Pressure Recording Analytical Method with different disposable systems

Stefano Romagnoli, Salvatore Mario Romano, Sergio Bevilacqua, Chiara Lazzeri, Gian Franco Gensini, Carlo Pratesi, Diego Quattrone, Daniele Dini, Angelo Raffaele De Gaudio

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Purpose: We aimed to compare the effects of a blood pressure transducer system specifically manufactured to limit underdamping artifacts with those of a standard system on hemodynamic parameter estimation and accuracy. Materials and Methods: Forty-three consecutive patients undergoing vascular surgery at the University of Florence, Italy, were included. Arterial blood pressure signal was simultaneously registered with 2 MostCare monitors, connected to the artery either by a standard transducer or a specific transducer manufactured to avoid underdamping artifacts (Resonance Over-Shoot Eliminator [R.O.S.E.]; Becton Dickinson, Becton Drive, NJ). Patients were divided into 2 groups: absence (C group) or presence (R group) of underdamping/resonance artifacts of blood pressure signal. Systolic blood pressure, cardiac index, maximal pressure/time ratio (dP/dt MAX), and cardiac cycle efficiency were recorded every 30 seconds for 30 minutes. A total of 2675 measurements were performed with 34.9% incidence of underdamping/resonance artifacts. Results: All hemodynamic parameters showed clinically acceptable differences in the C group; in contrast, the results differed greatly in the R group between standard and R.O.S.E. transducer (systolic blood pressure bias, 16.7 mm Hg; cardiac index bias, 0.24 L min -1 m -2; dP/dt MAX bias, 0.92 mm Hg/ms; cardiac cycle efficiency bias, 0.018 units). Conclusions: Underdamping/resonance artifacts frequently affect blood pressure measurement in operating rooms and intensive care units and cause severe overestimation of systolic blood pressure and incorrect estimation of hemodynamic parameters when the pulse contour method is used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-422
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Critical Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011



  • Cardiac Output
  • DP/dtMAX
  • MostCare
  • PRAM
  • Pulse contour method
  • R.O.S.E.
  • Underdamping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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