Get this from a library the pulmonary artery catheter in critical care a concise handbook claude perret. Rationale for critical care echocardiography physician knowledge of a critically ill patients physiology is limited as many relevant parameters are not apparent on physical examination historically pulmonary artery catheters pacs were used to characterize cardiovascular physiology and dominated critical care patient management guidelines for decades. Relevance to critical care nursing since then the pulmonary artery catheter pac has been widely used in intensive care units icus to guide clinicians in the diagnosis and management of critically ill patients to summarize the procedure a pac is inserted into a vein jugular subclavian or femoral via an introducer sheath through . The standard pulmonary artery catheter has two lumens swan ganz and is equipped with an inflatable balloon at the tip which facilitates its placement into the pulmonary artery through the flow of blood the balloon when inflated causes the catheter to wedge in a small pulmonary blood vessel. Critical care medicine the essentials is already in its fourth edition what are the essentials the essentials are a mixture of sound physiology and ground knowledge on diseases and established therapies why should we read the essentials all patients do not behave the same therefore physicians
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