Haemodynamic monitoring: arterial catheters
Sharon Garretson Nurse manager, ICU and Step-Down Unit, Richmond Heights Hospital, Ohio, United States
The arterial catheter is one of the most common monitoring tools available in the intensive care unit. However, as an invasive device it has the potential to cause complications, especially when managed by inexperienced staff. When successfully managed, it can facilitate the high-level care needed by the critically ill patient.
Nursing Standard. 19, 31, 55-64. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.04.19.31.55.c3843Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review