Pulmonary Artery Catheter

  • Matthew J. Eckert
  • Matthew J. Martin


The pulmonary artery catheter has a rich history in modern critical care medicine and provided the basis for the science of advanced hemodynamic monitoring. While significant controversy exists regarding the current utility of the catheter, an understanding of the hemodynamic data provided by the pulmonary artery catheter, as well as limitations and potential complications, is essential for any critical care practitioner. When used correctly, this invasive monitoring device can provide a wealth of information regarding the patient’s cardiopulmonary function as well as the impact of therapeutic interventions. However, the nuances of appropriate catheter use, data interpretation, and application are complex and easily misinterpreted even by seasoned intensivists.


Pulmonary artery catheter Swan-Ganz catheter Pulmonary artery occlusion pressure Wedge pressure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew J. Eckert
    • 1
  • Matthew J. Martin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMadigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChordTacomaUSA
  2. 2.Trauma and Emergency Surgery ServiceLegacy Emanuel Medical CenterPortlandUSA

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