We report on a case of a 43-year-old man who developed reversible myocardial depression and pericarditis related to severe sepsis secondary to rectosigmoid colonic perforation. The management of this patient was aided by the use of a continuous thermodilution cardiac output catheter and monitor, recently introduced in clinical practice.
The intermittent manual bolus thermodilution method is the most common means of determining cardiac output in critically ill patients. Although widely used, there are many factors which may affect the accuracy of this technique such as the volume, temperature and timing of the injectate.
This article is available only as a PDF. Please click on “Download PDF” on top to view the full article.