An assessment of the Dinamap 845

Authors

  • P. HUTTON,

    1. P. Hutton, PhD, MB, ChB, FFARCS, Lecturer in Anaesthesia, J. Dye, C. Prys-Roberts, DM, PhD, FFARCS, Sir Humphry Davy Department of Anaesthesia, University of Bristol, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW.
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  • J. DYE,

    1. P. Hutton, PhD, MB, ChB, FFARCS, Lecturer in Anaesthesia, J. Dye, C. Prys-Roberts, DM, PhD, FFARCS, Sir Humphry Davy Department of Anaesthesia, University of Bristol, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW.
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  • C. PRYS-ROBERTS

    1. P. Hutton, PhD, MB, ChB, FFARCS, Lecturer in Anaesthesia, J. Dye, C. Prys-Roberts, DM, PhD, FFARCS, Sir Humphry Davy Department of Anaesthesia, University of Bristol, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW.
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Summary

The accuracy of the Dinamap 845 automatic blood pressure recorder was assessed by comparing its own indirect determinations of blood pressure with direct intra-arterial recordings. It was found that in the majority of cases it was capable of producing reliable trend information during anaesthesia. The instrument may not be able to interpret pressure signals from a patient with a severe dysrhythmia. It is probably an unsuitable monitor for use with very rapidly acting drugs such as sodium nitroprusside.

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