DAVID W. POTTS, M.D.; ANGELO SINOPOLI, M.D.
To the editor: Morris and associates (1) write that by hemodynamic monitoring they could separate patients with or without infection. However, over one third of their patients required right heart catherizations for such criteria as hypotension and oliguria. In addition, mortality in these patients was significantly higher than that in the noncatheterized patients, although their clinical characteristics were similar. Catheter entrance into the heart should be avoided (2) to prevent arrhythmias during hypothermia. In the study by Drs. Morris and associates, was hemodynamic monitoring a significant risk factor for mortality in patients either with or without sepsis?
Avoidance of hemodynamic
POTTS DW, SINOPOLI A. Infection, Hypothermia, and Hemodynamic Monitoring. Ann Intern Med. 1985;102:869. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-6-869_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(6):869.
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