The ICON™ monitor is a portable, cost-effective monitor for the measurement of cardiac output in neonates, pediatrics, and adults. It works by the Electrical Cardiometry method which is a method for the non-invasive determination of stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO), and other hemodynamic parameters in adults, children, and neonates. Electrical Cardiometry has been validated against “gold standard” methods such as thermodilution. The placement of four skin sensors on the neck and left side of the thorax allow for the continuous measurement of the changes of electrical conductivity within the thorax. By sending a low amplitude, high frequency electrical current through the thorax, the resistance that the current faces (due to several factors) is measured. Through advanced filtering techniques, Electrical Cardiometry (EC) is able to isolate the changes in conductivity created by the circulatory system. EC has proven as an accurate method for measuring cardiac output in a wide spectrum of patient conditions and patient populations.
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