This is a Pro-Con debate regarding the use of PA catheters in critical care and whether pulmonary/critical care programs should include specific training on placement/interpretation of wave forms into their curriculum.
1. Recognize areas where PA catheter use can be effective in critical care management.
2. Recognize problems with using a PA catheter.
3. Understand areas where programs should focus training to maximize appropriate use of PA catheters in the ICU setting.
Nirav G. Shah, MD – University of Maryland
Neal F. Chaisson, MD – Cleveland Clinic