EUGENE D. ROBIN, M.D.
To the editor: There is a strong possibility that the use of pulmonary artery flow (Swan-Ganz) catheters in patients with acute myocardial infarction is associated with a high rate of excess mortality (mortality in excess of that caused by acute myocardial infarction without the use of the catheter). Gore and associates ( 1 ) examined the outcome in over 3000 patients with acute myocardial infarction in Worcester, Massachusetts. Patients in whom the catheter was used showed an approximately 100% increase in mortality as compared with patients in whom the catheter was not used.
The dramatic increase in mortality did not
ROBIN ED. Hazards of the Swan-Ganz Catheter. Ann Intern Med. ;108:151. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-1-151_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(1):151.
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