Suitability of polyvinyl chloride feeding catheters in catheter manometer systems

Craig G. Hartford*, Geoffrey G. Rogers, Martin J. Turner

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Intra-pleural pressure is clinically estimated by measuring intra-esophageal pressure. The potential for three brands of four French Gauge (FG) size Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fluid-filled catheter manometer systems (CMS) to measure intra-esophageal pressure accurately was quantified by determining their in vitro resonance frequency properties. All CMS were underdamped and resonated. No CMS exhibited a uniform mean frequency response above 11 Hz. Large FG catheters exhibited the potential to measure dynamic intra-esophageal pressure up to 82 breaths/min maximally within a 5% error limit. Significant differences in measurement accuracy existed between catheter FG sizes and between catheters of similar diameters but differing brands. In conclusion, in the absence of sharp inspiratory waveforms or high respiratory rates, intra-esophageal PVC catheters should accurately measure transmitted pleural pressures. Quantitative frequency response characterization of various nasogastric catheter brands and sizes is desirable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-29
Number of pages2
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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