Proposed moratorium on use of pulmonary artery catheters is premature

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1328a (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1328
  1. Robert Lazarus
  1. Senior registrar John Hammond Department of Anaesthesia, East Surrey Hospital, Redhill RH1 5RH

    EDITOR,—Neil Soni draws attention to an important study on the apparent outcome of pulmonary artery catheterisation in five American teaching hospitals.1 2 Some caution may need to be used in interpreting the results of this paper, particularly in relation to British practice.

    More than one million pulmonary artery catheters are sold in the United States each year; this equates to approximately 3.8/1000 population. In Britain, use is less than …

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