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December 1974

Bedside Pulmonary Artery Catheterization: Simplification of Technique

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery, anesthesiology (Dr. Civetta), and medicine (Dr. Civetta), University of Miami School of Medicine, and the Department of Surgery, Veterans Administration Hospital (Dr. Civetta), Miami, Fla.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(6):840-841. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360060106031

A subclavian intravenous line was replaced by a larger catheter in pulmonary artery or pulmonary wedge studies in 250 cases. This was accomplished by inserting a guidewire through the catheter to be removed and using it as a guide for introduction of the larger catheter. With careful attention to technical detail, complications have been minimal.