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The pulmonary artery flow-directed catheter (Swan-Ganz catheter) has been in clinical use for 20 years. These devices are now used by 80% of UK intensive care units for the diagnosis and monitoring of a wide range of cardiorespiratory problems. The principal indications for the use of pulmonary artery catheters and the evidence supporting these indications are outlined in this article.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Hosp Med

Publication Date

12/1990

Volume

44

Pages

413 - 415

Keywords

Catheterization, Swan-Ganz, Coronary Artery Bypass, Hemodynamics, Humans, Monitoring, Intraoperative, Monitoring, Physiologic, Pulmonary Embolism, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult, Shock