The pulmonary artery catheter: the tool versus treatments based on the tool

Takala, Jukka (2006). The pulmonary artery catheter: the tool versus treatments based on the tool. Critical care, 10(4), p. 162. London: BioMed Central 10.1186/cc5021

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The pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) is a powerful tool that has been used extensively in the assessment and monitoring of cardiovascular physiology. Gross misinterpretation of data gathered by the PAC is common, and its routine use without any specific interventions has not been shown to influence outcome. However, there currently is no evidence from randomized, controlled trials that any diagnostic or monitoring tool used in intensive care patients improves outcome. Studies evaluating the use of the PAC have included numerous potential confounding factors, and should be interpreted with caution. The information obtained with the PAC should be used to find better treatment strategies, and these strategies, instead of the tool itself, should be tested in clinical trials.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care

UniBE Contributor:

Takala, Jukka

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1364-8535

ISBN:

16953899

Publisher:

BioMed Central

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:48

Last Modified:

20 Dec 2014 06:58

Publisher DOI:

10.1186/cc5021

PubMed ID:

16953899

Web of Science ID:

000247712300043

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.19958

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/19958 (FactScience: 3037)

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