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
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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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