Assessment of the sterility of long-term cardiac catheterization using the thermodilution Swan-Ganz catheter.


Fifty-seven patients requiring catheterization with a thermodilution Swan-Ganz catheter in the surgical intensive care unit were prospectively studied to determine the incidence and significance of positive pulmonary arterial blood cultures. Nonseptic (group 1) and septic (group 2) patients were identified, with subdivision of the groups into A and B… (More)

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