Purpose of a PAC

Thus far, we have covered invasive hemodynamic monitoring with arterial lines and CVP catheters. The Pulmonary Artery catheter (PAC) is another invasive way to obtain hemodynamic measurements.

The purpose of this catheter is to:

There are certain indications for using a PA catheter. They are:

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PA catheters are useful to measure cardiac output in complex medical situations and evaluate fluid volume status in hypovolemic and septic shock.

You may choose to view the YouTube video "Swan Ganz Numbers: presented by Dr. Gallagher's Neighborhood" for a quick and practical explanation of PAC utility.