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What type of doctor can order a swan ganz catheter placement?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Used much less

The swan-ganz (pulmonary artery) catheter is used to try getting data from the left side of the heart by measuring a "wedge" pressure from the pulmonary artery.
Recent studies questioned its use, and technologies such as echocardiography, arterial-line instruments, and many less-invasive cardiac output tools are becoming more common. Eventually, it will not be ordered much at all.

In brief: Used much less

The swan-ganz (pulmonary artery) catheter is used to try getting data from the left side of the heart by measuring a "wedge" pressure from the pulmonary artery.
Recent studies questioned its use, and technologies such as echocardiography, arterial-line instruments, and many less-invasive cardiac output tools are becoming more common. Eventually, it will not be ordered much at all.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
I'd add, there are situations where it is still used, but far less commonly (and appropriately so) now that better data has restricted the scenarios in which it is thought to help. The data from a Swan can be obtained in other ways, but I still see situations where it is the best way to get the answer. Problem is, fewer users mean fewer people experienced in accurately interpreting the data.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Why?

Cardiologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons use swan-ganz catheters which are devices that measure pressure in the cardiac chambers and pulmonary capillary bed (which reflects left atrial pressure, the most accurate determination of heart failure.
) but sg catheters are rarely needed except during heart surgery and are rarely used outside of the or nowadays.

In brief: Why?

Cardiologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons use swan-ganz catheters which are devices that measure pressure in the cardiac chambers and pulmonary capillary bed (which reflects left atrial pressure, the most accurate determination of heart failure.
) but sg catheters are rarely needed except during heart surgery and are rarely used outside of the or nowadays.
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