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PiCCO Technology

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PiCCO Module for PulsioFlex

PiCCO Technology

Hemodynamic monitoring at the highest level

Simplify hemodynamics and learn how to understand complex conditions with PiCCO

PiCCO practical help

Find out more how to optimize PiCCO thermodilution measurements in daily use

Containing comprehensive practical support, the PiCCO Trouble Shooting Guide assists clinicians and technicians when in need for handling information.

Visit the PiCCO Trouble Shooting Guide


Monitoring physiological parameters is essential for the goal directed management of critical care patients. Highly invasive monitoring methods have been established in clinical practice for many years, but are increasingly the centre of critical discussion. The PiCCO Technology is the solution.


PiCCO Technology is the easy, less invasive and cost-efficient tool for determining the main hemodynamic parameters of critically ill patients

  • Bedside quantification of pulmonary edema

  • Quantification of cardiac preload

  • Several arterial access points inc. for paediatric patients 

  • Precise, calibrated Cardiac Output – beat-to-beat

  • Volumetric preload parameter instead of filling pressures

  • Afterload, contractility, volume responsiveness


  •  Septic shock

  • Cardiogenic shock

  • Traumatic shock

  • ARDS

  • Severe burn injuries

  • Pancreatitis

  • High risk surgical procedures

PiCCO Catheter

Hemodynamic Monitoring at the highest level

  • The PiCCO Technology combines arterial pulse contour analysis using the innovative PiCCO algorithm with precise calibration via transpulmonary thermodilution
  • Arterial access via femoral, brachial and axillary artery
  • Application in children / paediatrics with special 3 french PiCCO catheter possible

The medical device is CE marked according to Directive 93/42/EEC.

The best and safest way of using the technology is to use the complete kit

These consist of:

  • PiCCO Catheter with Seldinger insertion instruments, guide wire, canula, dilatator and
  • PiCCO Monitoring Kit with injectate sensor housing and pressure transducer

*Picture shows recommended application sites

PiCCO Module

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Hemodynamic management of unstable patients with the PiCCO Module for PulsioFlex

  • The PiCCO Module upgrades the PulsioFlex monitor to the use of the PiCCO Technology
  • PiCCO advances the precision and reliability of hemodynamic monitoring by calibration via transpulmonary thermodilution
  • The PiCCO Module enables lung oedema diagnosis by measuring extravascular lung water
  • The PiCCO parameters, including preload volume, volume responsiveness, afterload and contractility enable the doctor to apply patient centered treatments, including using inotropes and vasopressors

The medical device is CE marked according to Directive 93/42/EEC.

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PiCCO Technology available with full functionality as an integrated module for IntelliVue and CMS Patient Monitors from Philips Medical Systems.

The PiCCO Technology is also available with full functionality as an integrated module for IntelliVue and CMS Patient Monitors from Philips Medical Systems. For more information about the module, please go to our partnership page or directly to Philips.

Technical specifications are subject to change without further notice


Two components of the PiCCO technology

The PiCCO technology is based on two physical principles, namely transpulmonary thermodilution and pulse contour analysis. Both principles allow the calculation of haemodynamic parameters and have been clinically tested and established for more than 20 years.

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Arterial pulse contour analysis

The pulse contour analysis provides continuous information while transpulmonary thermodilution provides static measurements. Transpulmonary thermodilution is used to calibrate the continuous pulse contour parameters.

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Transpulmonary thermodilution

For the transpulmonary thermodilution measurement, a defined bolus (for example 15mls cold 0.9% normal saline) is injected via a central venous catheter. The cold bolus passes through the right heart, the lungs and the left heart and is detected by the PiCCO catheter, commonly placed in the femoral artery. This procedure should be repeated around three times in under 10 minutes to ensure an accurate average is used to calibrate the device and to calculate the thermodilution parameters. These thermodilution parameters (i.e. they are updated only when the thermodilution procedure is performed) should be checked whenever there is a significant change in the patient’s condition or therapy. It is recommended to calibrate the system at least 2 to 3 times per day depending on the patients condition.


Improve your knowledge with our Training Videos

PulsioFlex and PiCCO Training Videos (30 min)

These 15 separate setup videos will cover the following topics:

  • Module Setup, Monitor Connections
  • Menu Options
  • Catheter, Monitoring Kit, Thermodilution


PiCCO clinical case study – Case 1 (30 min)

Created by Prof. Jean-Louis Teboul

  • This case contains a patient presenting with a cough and fever for three days. You decide to intubate and administer IV crystalloids
  • The chest x-ray is indicating pneumonia
  • What do you do in terms of medical treatment?


PiCCO clinical case study – Case 2 (30 min)

Created by Prof. Jean-Louis Teboul

  • This case contains a female patient presenting with abdominal tenderness, hypoactive bowel sounds, fever and no hypotension. 
  • The CT scan is indicating pneumoperitoneum.
  • What do you do in terms of medical treatment?



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