Faculty Advisor(s)

Cheryl Nimmo

Document Type


Publication Date

Summer 2018


© Ryan Boyd


Noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring has evolved steadily over the past few decades in response to healthcare providers' preference for less invasive monitoring methods for their patients. Invasive monitoring has its place in the critically ill patient population as witnessed in intensive care units throughout the country. Even in this environment, providers are opting less for the pulmonary artery catheter which has been the gold standard for invasive cardiac output monitoring in the past. Providers are now utilizing less invasive monitoring techniques which offer fewer potential complications to the patient while providing rapid access to critically important hemodynamic data. Examination of different noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring systems was completed in a literature review. The findings indicate that clinical accuracy is variable from device to device, however as technology has progressed there has been general improvement in this area. The appropriate clinical use for noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring is discussed based on evidence from the literature with a focus on the benefits and drawbacks that are associated with these systems as they specifically apply to the emergent trauma patient population.


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