Routine pulmonary artery catheterization does not reduce morbidity and mortality of elective vascular surgery: results of a prospective, randomized trial.

@article{Bender1997RoutinePA,
  title={Routine pulmonary artery catheterization does not reduce morbidity and mortality of elective vascular surgery: results of a prospective, randomized trial.},
  author={Jeffrey S. Bender and M A Smith-Meek and Calvin E Jones},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={1997},
  volume={226 3},
  pages={229-36; discussion 236-7}
}
OBJECTIVE The authors determined whether the preoperative placement of a pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) with optimization of hemodynamics results in outcome improvement after elective vascular surgery. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA The PAC commonly is used not only in patients who are critically ill, but also perioperatively in major elective surgery. Few prospective studies exist documenting its usefulness. METHODS One hundred four consecutive patients were randomized to have a PAC placed the… CONTINUE READING

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