Pulmonary artery catheters should be banned from intensive care units

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1328b (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1328
  1. William Konarzewski
  1. Consultant Anaesthetic Department, Colchester General Hospital, Colchester CO4 5JL

    EDITOR,—I congratulate Neil Soni on his controversial editorial questioning the value of pulmonary artery catheterisation.1 I have long been deeply cynical about the value of pulmonary artery catheters in critically ill patients. While they undoubtedly provide fascinating physiological data, there is no evidence that they play any part in reducing mortality.

    In the intensive care unit at this hospital pulmonary artery catheters are associated with a 92% mortality. …

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