FRANCIS X. RIEDO, M.D.; THOMAS G. COONEY, M.D.
To the editor: The recent article on the use of the Swan-Ganz catheter (1) prompted us to review our experience in a medical intensive care unit.
Over the course of a 6-month period, one of us supervised the placement of 22 pulmonary artery catheters in 18 patients. Fourteen of those patients (77%) died before leaving the hospital. The mean time to death after placement of the catheter was 5.5 days (range, 0 to 17). The mean age was 59.5 years (range, 37 to 71) for patients who survived and 62.5 years (range, 24 to 87) for those who died. Although
RIEDO FX, COONEY TG. The Swan-Ganz Catheter in an Intensive Care Unit. Ann Intern Med. 1986;104:446–447. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-3-446_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(3):446-447.
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