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Evidence-based review of the use of the pulmonary artery catheter: Impact data and complications

Hadian, M and Pinsky, MR (2006) Evidence-based review of the use of the pulmonary artery catheter: Impact data and complications. Critical Care, 10 (SUPPL.). ISSN 1364-8535

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The pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) was introduced in 1971 for the assessment of heart function at the bedside. Since then it has generated much enthusiasm and controversy regarding the benefits and potential harms caused by this invasive form of hemodynamic monitoring. This review discusses all clinical studies conducted during the past 30 years, in intensive care unit settings or post mortem, on the impact of the PAC on outcomes and complications resulting from the procedure. Although most of the historical observational studies and randomized clinical trials also looked at PAC-related complications among their end-points, we opted to review the data under two main topics: the impact of PAC on clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness, and the major complications related to the use of the PAC. © 2006 BioMed Central Ltd.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hadian, M
Pinsky, MRpinsky@pitt.eduPINSKY0000-0001-6166-700X
Date: 27 November 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Care
Volume: 10
Number: SUPPL.
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1186/cc4834
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Critical Care Medicine
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1364-8535
Article Type: Review
PubMed Central ID: PMC3226129
PubMed ID: 17164020
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2012 19:12
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2023 11:55


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