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      Differences between Blood Flow as Indicated by the Hemodialysis Blood Roller Pump and Blood Flow Measured by an Ultrasonic Sensor

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          Background/Aim: The ultrasonic transit time is currently the best method for measuring the blood flow rate in the extracorporeal hemodialysis circuit. The purpose of this study was to analyze the differences between blood flow as indicated by the hemodialysis blood roller pump (prescribed blood flow) and by an ultrasonic flowmeter (delivered blood flow). Methods: The ultrasonic blood flow was measured in 20 patients on chronic hemodialysis who were dialyzed through an arteriovenous fistula. During each dialysis session the ultrasonic blood flow was measured at three different blood roller pump flow rates (300, 350, and 400 ml/min). In order to analyze the influence of inflow and outflow pressures on blood flow, this study was conducted during nine consecutive dialysis sessions during which needles of different sizes were used. Results: The ultrasonic flow was always lower than indicated by the blood roller pump: 265 ± 12, 304 ± 15, and 341 ± 19 ml/min for blood roller pump flow rates of 300, 350, and 400 ml/min, respectively (variability: –11.6, –13.1, and –14.8%, respectively). An univariate regression analysis showed that the reduction in flow recorded ultrasonically correlated with both venous blood line pressure (r = –0.2679, p < 0.001) and negative arterial blood line pressure (r = 0.6773, p < 0.001). By multivariate analysis, only the arterial blood line pressure has a predictive value. When all measurements were grouped by arterial blood line pressure ranges, the variability between ultrasonic blood flow and blood roller pump flow was found to be similar in those groups with the same arterial blood line pressure, regardless of the blood roller pump flow rate. Conclusions: The blood flow indicated by the dialysis blood roller pump is always greater than the delivered blood flow, and this difference is in turn conditioned by the negative pressure induced by the blood roller pump in the arterial blood line.

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          S. Karger AG
          June 2000
          31 May 2000
          : 85
          : 2
          : 142-147
          aDepartment of Nephrology and bBiostatistics Unit, Ramón y Cajal Hospital, Madrid, Spain
          45647 Nephron 2000;85:142–147
          © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Hemodialysis, Ultrasonic flowmeter, Blood flow


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