The Swan-Ganz Catheter, a Tool in Intensive Care Medicine
Anyone, who will have to consider the application of a Swan-Ganz catheter for more detailed analyses of pulmonary hemodynamics will have to weigh the benefits of better information for the patient against the risks of complications during or after the catheterization. Only, when the advantages outweigh the disadvantages a physician will have the morel right to use this tool. Scientific objectives should not be among the permissive reasons, but could imply important, concomitant significance.
KeywordsPulmonary Vascular Resistance Intensive Care Medicine Intrathoracic Pressure Transmural Pressure Ventilatory Cycle
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