Monday, 6 August 2007

Cardiac monitoring device practically obsolete

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If you've heard of the 'pulmonary artery catheter' then you may be interested to know that it's slowly falling out of favor with medical professionals. The pulmonary artery catheter was once a very popular way of monitoring cardiac function, and worked by inserting a small catheter into a lung artery to get a reading on heart output and blood pressure. In recent years, however, its use has sharply declined by 68% since 1993. Why? Simply because numerous studies have shown the device and procedure to be somewhat ineffective, and we now have so much better and less intrusive ways of getting the same information.

Out with the old, in with the new!

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