SMTL Medical Disposable Datacard

Manometer column

All Wales Contract: Intravenous sets and related items
Sterility Status: Sterile
Usage Status: Single use


Manometer consists of a rigid graduated tube (measured in centimetres of water) that is blind-ended at one end and connected to a 3-way stop cock at the other (please refer to datacard on 3-way stopcock for more detail on this device).


Key areas where used

  • Critical care
  • Theatre

Method of use

The manometer column is used to measure central venous pressure (CVP). The 3-way stopcock is attached to the manometer column, a giving set and a manometer tube which connects the manometer to the CV catheter. The 3-way stopcock is opened so that IV fluid from a container fills the manometer. Then the tap is closed to the fluid bag and opened to the patient. Fluid in the manometer will fall to the level of the CVP and an average reading is taken (as level pulsates up and down during the reading). This system can be set up for long periods and the reading taken intermittently (for example, every hour).

Please note: usage of this device is in decline due to the increased use of electronic transducers to monitor CVP.

Please note: connectors on manometer column must be incompatible with 'non-luer' neuraxial connectors when adopted in Wales.


Individually packaged in a peel pouch

Sizes Required

  • Not applicable


Example products

The following table lists examples of products known to be acceptable for this product description.

Brand Name Product Code Manufacturer
Tube manometer 297 Vygon Ltd


P Phillips and J Ford

Please inform SMTL of any inaccuracies noted or changes required in this datacard.


This datacard has been prepared as an aid to contracting for purchasers in the NHS in Wales, and should not be used as a substitute for literature, instructions or training from the manufacturers of the devices.

Products mentioned in this datacard are for illustration purposes only and should not be seen as an endorsement of these products.

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