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Can Anaesth Soc J. 1986 May;33(3 Pt 1):300-7.

Oscillometry and direct blood pressure: a comparative clinical study during deliberate hypotension.


Oscillometry using an automatic monitor was compared with invasive blood pressure monitoring in 21 patients scheduled for surgery under general anaesthesia with deliberate hypotension. Six ranges of mean blood pressure measurements were studied, two of which were hypotensive. An excellent correlation was found between the two methods (systolic: r = 0.94; mean: r = 0.93; diastolic: r = 0.88) but there was a large variability among individual subjects. For systolic, diastolic and mean intra-arterial readings above an approximative value of 10.64 KPa (80 mmHg), the oscillometric monitor was found to underestimate blood pressure. Inversely, it was found to overestimate blood pressure for intra-arterial readings under the approximative value of 10.8 KPa (80 mmHg). We conclude that the non-invasive monitor represents a good trend estimation of the invasive radial blood pressure technique, but that wide inter-individual variability and the overestimation of blood pressure below an approximative value of 10.64 KPa (80 mmHg) precludes interchange of techniques when absolute values are considered, especially during controlled hypotension. However, oscillometry could represent a better estimate of central aortic pressure.

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