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The pulmonary artery flow-directed catheter (Swan-Ganz catheter) has been in clinical use for 20 years. These devices are now used by 80% of UK intensive care units for the diagnosis and monitoring of a wide range of cardiorespiratory problems. The principal indications for the use of pulmonary artery catheters and the evidence supporting these indications are outlined in this article.


Journal article


Br J Hosp Med

Publication Date





413 - 415


Catheterization, Swan-Ganz, Coronary Artery Bypass, Hemodynamics, Humans, Monitoring, Intraoperative, Monitoring, Physiologic, Pulmonary Embolism, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult, Shock