Advanced practice organ procurement techniques: placement of pulmonary artery catheters

Laura J Griffin, Monique Lambert, David J Powner
Progress in Transplantation 2007, 17 (2): 142-9
Insertion of pulmonary artery catheters by organ procurement coordinators may be incorporated into donor management to optimize organ perfusion. As invasive procedures are added to coordinator roles, the organ procurement organization must include didactic instruction and supervised clinical experience as part of any training program. Policies and procedures guiding the use of the pulmonary artery catheter and the measurements obtained must be provided by the organization to guide practitioners. This article focuses on methods for insertion and basic troubleshooting of a pulmonary artery catheter.

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