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Pulmonary artery catheterisation offers no benefit

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:720
  1. Toby Reynolds
  1. London

    Pulmonary artery catheterisation offers no demonstrable benefit for intensive care patients in the United Kingdom, a new research report says. Furthermore, economic analysis indicates that lives could be saved or prolonged at a modest cost by stopping its routine use, it concludes.

    Such catheterisation has been a standard treatment in intensive care for almost 30 years, particularly in the United States. The authors, of the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre, London, note that the device was widely adopted without evidence of its benefit, on the assumption that detailed knowledge of haemodynamic variables would …

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