2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts
Jay A. Johannigman, MD University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Pulmonary artery catheters have been used for over twenty-five (25) years. Despite their widespread acceptance there are significant shortcomings and potential problems with their clinical application. This presentation will discuss multiple factors which degrade the reliability of pulmonary artery catheters and discuss the utility of newer monitoring modalities. A specific consideration of the use of End Diastolic volume measurement will be made.