Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring
The Intensive Care Unit utilizes 7.5% of hospital beds, yet consumes oneTthird of the total hospital budget . Health care costs and resource utilization concerns have forced physicians to examine the patient care provided in the ICU. Protocols have been developed to “fast-track” patients, guidelines have been developed for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and evidence based treatment strategies have been invoked to reduce unnecessary procedures. The problem, is that there is little data to support which interventions should be performed and which are unnecessary. Invasive hemodynamic monitoring for example, has very little scientific data to support is widespread use [2,3]. Equally concerning is the fact that many physicians using these interventions, have little understanding of the monitors and are often unable to apply the data to problem-solving [3–5].
KeywordsPulmonary Artery Mean Arterial Pressure Pulmonary Artery Catheter Occlusion Pressure Pleural Pressure
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