Influence of sterile protective sleeves on the sterility of pulmonary artery catheters.

Eighty-seven pulmonary artery catheters (PACs) with sterile protective sleeves were placed into 69 surgical ICU patients by one of the following two methods: through an introducer placed in a new, percutaneous site or by exchanging an indwelling catheter for an introducer. On removal, 5-cm catheter segments from the catheter tip and from within the… (More)