The course of a general anesthetic has often been likened to an airplane flight – the induction (takeoff), emergence (landing), and whatever turbulence you encounter along the way. Now the cockpit just became a lot fancier with a new monitoring system from Edwards Lifesciences. The Edwards EV1000, which just received FDA clearance, is touted as presenting the status of the patient in an “entirely new, intuitive and meaningful way.”
The system integrates the FloTrac arterial waveform analyzer and PreSep/PediaSat oximetry catheters, along with the VolumeView transpulmonary thermodilution method to calculate and display a wide array of physiological variables to help diagnosis and treat critical illness.
The VolumeView looks especially interesting, touting to calculate the following:
- CO – Calibrated Cardiac Output
- SV – Calibrated Stroke Volume
- SVR – Systemic Vascular Resistance
- SVV – Stroke Volume Variation
- SVI – Stroke Volume Index
- EVLW – Extravascular Lung Water
- PVPI – Pulmonary Vascular Permeability Index
- GEDV – Global End Diastolic Volume
- GEF – Global Ejection Fraction
Monitoring has come a long way since the days of a finger on the pulse and the ether mask – now the challenge is to remember that there is a patient behind all these computer screens!
Product page: EV1000 Clinical Platform…