The 'Non-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring (NICOM)' Special Interest Group
Welcome to the 'Non-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring (NICOM)' Special Interest Group of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR)
Non-invasive cardiac output monitoring technologies are developed to offer fully non-invasive methods of monitoring stroke volume and cardiac output. During the business meeting of the COTH section in Paris in 2018, a third special interest group was established working on the analysis of the validity, applicability and feasibility of several techniques of cardiac output monitoring in newborn infants. These included intermittent measurements via Doppler ultrasound [Ultrasound Cardiac Output Monitor (USCOM) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)] and continuous measurements via various electrical biosensing technologies (EBT) [bioimpedance (BI) and bioreactance (BR)]. Several technological and physiological aspects have to be met prior to routine use of non-invasive cardiac output monitors in the clinical environment.
The aim of this group is to evaluate the use of bedside non-invasive Cardiac output monitoring techniques and provide recommendations and future research directions including opportunities for collaborative research.
Ongoing research - Effects of packed red blood cell transfusion on hemodynamics and tissue oxygenation in preterm infants using electric velocimetry and Near infra-red spectroscopy (ETHOS trial). [Division of Neonatology, Sidra medicine, Doha, Qatar]