Early use of the pulmonary artery catheter and outcomes in patients with shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome: a randomized controlled trial.

@article{Richard2003EarlyUO,
  title={Early use of the pulmonary artery catheter and outcomes in patients with shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome: a randomized controlled trial.},
  author={Christian Richard and Josiane Warszawski and Nadia Anguel and Nicolas Deye and Alain Combes and Didier Barnoud and Thierry Boulain and Yannick Lefort and Muriel Fartoukh and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric J. Baud and Alexandre Boyer and L. Brochard and J. -L. Teboul},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2003},
  volume={290 20},
  pages={2713-20}
}
CONTEXT Many physicians believe that the pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) is useful for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary disturbances; however, observational studies suggest that its use may be harmful. OBJECTIVE To determine the effects on outcome of the early use of a PAC in patients with shock mainly of septic origin, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), or both. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS A multicenter randomized controlled study of 676 patients aged 18 years or… CONTINUE READING

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