What is the role of catheter monitoring in the workup of drowning?

Updated: Jun 19, 2019
  • Author: G Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Arterial and central venous catheters may be useful in monitoring cardiac output and related hemodynamic parameters. Pulmonary artery catheters are less frequently used, yet may prove useful in patients with unstable cardiovascular status or in those who require multiple inotropic and vasoactive medication requirements.

Intracranial pressure monitoring is used in patients with traumatic brain injury or mass lesions (eg, hematomas).

Urinary catheterization for ongoing urine output measurement may be warranted.


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