The Pulmonary Artery Catheter: Rembrandt's Paintbrush?

Program Description / Statement of Need:

The use of the pulmonary artery catheter has declined over the past decade due in part to articles showing no improved patient outcomes with its use. When the device is used properly and the indications and complications understood, great clinical value can still be obtained. This session discusses the importance of education on the use of this tool.  Topics included are indications, applications and complications of pulmonary artery catheterization; central venous access techniques; and waveform identification.

Target Audience:
This program has been designed for a multidisciplinary physician and nurse audience including: Emergency Medicine / ICU / Anesthesia / Peri-op / Intensivists / Trauma / Critical Care

Program Objectives:

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:


1. Define indications and complications for pulmonary artery catheterization.

2. Describe central venous access insertion techniques.

3. Identify normal waveforms and pressure values from a pulmonary artery catheter..

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The Institute for Medical Studies (IMS) and IMS is accredited by the ACCME to provide CME for physicians. IMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.75 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses may claim credit for activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits in most states, for up to 50% of the nursing requirement for recertification. This course is designated for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Release Date: June 10, 2009
Expiration Date: June 10, 2011

Faculty: Gerald Manecke Jr., MD

Faculty Disclosures

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On-line symposium:
The Use of Dynamic Parameters in Perioperative Fluid Management

  • Read the learning objectives above
  • View the on-line program. You may view this is in more than one session, and may pause or repeat any portion of the presentation if you need to.
  • Take the post-test
  • Complete the program evaluation and CME registration. A CE certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days.

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