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Non-invasive cardiac output monitoring in neonates
  1. Sascha Meyer1,
  2. David Todd2,
  3. Bruce Shadboldt3
  1. 1Department of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Saarland, Homburg, Germany
  2. 2Centre for Newborn Care, The Canberra Hospital, Australian National University Medical School, Woden, Australian Capitol Territory, Australia
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology, Australian National University Medical School, Woden, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sascha Meyer, Department of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Medicine, Building 9, University Hospital of Saarland, 66421 Homburg, Germany; sascha.meyer{at}uniklinik-saarland.de

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We read with interest the paper by Neil Patel et al1 on cardiac output measurement in newborn infants, comparing cardiac output monitoring (USCOM) with conventional echocardiography. One of their main findings was that agreement between USCOM and conventional echocardiography was broad, and a substantial difference between left and right ventricular output was noted (LVO: 233±57 ml/kg/min; RVO: 338±83 ml/kg/min). Of note, a difference in LVO and RVO was also seen when assessed by conventional echocardiography. This is in line with the results of our study using the USCOM …

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