TITLE

Hemodynamic assessment: the technique or the physician at fault?

AUTHOR(S)
de Backer, Daniel
PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
Intensive Care Medicine;Nov2003, Vol. 29 Issue 11, p1865
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
editorial
ABSTRACT
This article discusses various issues related to hemodynamic assessment. The diagnosis of hemodynamic alterations and the management of acute circulatory failure are a continuous challenge in daily practice. The pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) has long been the main method of diagnosis, but recent studies have challenged its use. In a retrospective study in which a propensity score was used to compare patients, it has been observed that the use of the PAC is associated with an increased risk of mortality. A possible explanation for the ineffectiveness of the PAC is the inadequacy of the decisions made as a result of using the PAC.
ACCESSION #
16629644

 

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