A practical guide to using pulmonary artery catheters
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A practical guide to using pulmonary artery catheters

Katie Scales Consultant nurse critical care, Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, London
Eileen Collie Sister, critical care outreach, Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, London

This article reviews the physiological principles underlying the use of the pulmonary artery (PA) catheter. The procedure for PA catheter insertion, PA pressure monitoring, PA catheter removal and complications associated with the PA catheter are discussed, as are nursing management of the catheter and nursing care of the patient.

Nursing Standard. 21, 43,42-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.07.21.43.42.c4577

Correspondence

kscales@hhnt.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review