Evid Based Nurs 9:53 doi:10.1136/ebn.9.2.53
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Management of critically ill patients with a pulmonary artery catheter did not reduce all cause mortality

 Q In critically ill patients, does management with a pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) reduce hospital all cause mortality?



randomised controlled trial (Pulmonary Artery Catheters in Management of patients in intensive care [PAC-Man] trial).





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until discharge from the acute hospital ward.


65 intensive care units (ICUs) in the UK.


1041 patients (mean age 65 y, 57% men) who were admitted to adult ICUs and identified by the treating clinicians as patients who should be managed with a PAC. Exclusion criteria included age <16 years, elective admission for preoperative optimisation, presence of a PAC on admission, or haemodynamic optimisation before organ donation.


management with a PAC (n = 519) or without a PAC (n = 522). The timing …

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