Review: A pulmonary artery catheter does not reduce mortality or hospital days in critically ill patients

May 2006
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2006, Vol. 144 Issue 3, p70
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study which analyzes whether a pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) reduces all-cause mortality or hospital days in critically ill patients. Randomized controlled trials that compared PAC with no PAC and assessed death, days in hospital, or days in the intensive care unit were studied. Meta-analysis using a random-effects model showed that the PAC and no-PAC groups did not differ for all-cause mortality during hospitalization or for number of hospital days. The study found that in critically ill patients, a pulmonary artery catheter does not reduce all-cause mortality during hospitalization or days in hospital.


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