Potential impact of pulmonary artery catheter placement on short-term management decisions in the medical intensive care unit.

@article{Coles1993PotentialIO,
  title={Potential impact of pulmonary artery catheter placement on short-term management decisions in the medical intensive care unit.},
  author={N A Coles and Mark Hibberd and Michele Russell and Tom Love and Daniel Ory and Thalia Shoshana Field and George William Dec and Kim Allan Eagle},
  journal={American heart journal},
  year={1993},
  volume={126 4},
  pages={815-9}
}
The purpose of this study was to examine the potential impact of pulmonary artery (PA) catheter placement on short-term management decisions in the medical intensive care unit (ICU). One hundred three patients were examined over an 18-month period. The predominant indications for PA-catheter placement included refractory congestive heart failure, airspace disease, uncertain cardiac filling pressures, or hypotension. In 58 (56%) of the 103 patients, management recommendations changed as a direct… CONTINUE READING