Balloon flotation is more important than flow direction in determining the position of flow-directed pulmonary artery catheters.


Pulmonary artery catheters (PAC) inserted using pressure monitoring usually advance into a branch of the right pulmonary artery (PA). However, in some clinical situations it may be desirable to locate the tip of the PAC in a branch of the left PA. A two-part study was undertaken to explore factors that determine the ultimate location of the tip of a PAC. In… (More)


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