The pulmonary artery catheter: uses and controversies.

  title={The pulmonary artery catheter: uses and controversies.},
  author={Kelle Cruz and Charles Franklin},
  journal={Critical care clinics},
  volume={17 2},
The pulmonary artery catheter is an invasive hemodynamic monitor that can provide diagnostic information in situations where history and physical examination are inconclusive. Assisting the physician in therapeutic decisions has added to its clinical value. Understanding the information it provides and making thoughtful therapeutic decisions lie at the core of its use. Despite its use, the PA catheter has been the center of great controversy. Clearly the paucity of prospective randomized trials… CONTINUE READING

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