The pulmonary artery catheter in Australasia: a survey investigating intensive care physicians' knowledge and perception of future trends in use

Johnstone, I. G., Fraser, J. F., Sabapathy, S. and Kruger, P. S. (2008) The pulmonary artery catheter in Australasia: a survey investigating intensive care physicians' knowledge and perception of future trends in use. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 36 1: 84-89.

Author Johnstone, I. G.
Fraser, J. F.
Sabapathy, S.
Kruger, P. S.
Title The pulmonary artery catheter in Australasia: a survey investigating intensive care physicians' knowledge and perception of future trends in use
Journal name Anaesthesia and Intensive Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0310-057X
1448-0271
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 84
End page 89
Total pages 6
Place of publication Edgecliff, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Society of Anaesthetists
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
110301 Anaesthesiology
Abstract A survey was conducted to assess the knowledge and trends of use of the pulmonary artery catheter amongst intensive care practitioners in Australasia. A 31-item multiple choice questionnaire, identical to one previously trialled in studies in the United States and Europe, was distributed to all registered intensive care specialists and trainees working in intensive care units in Australasia. Five-hundred-and-forty-one questionnaires were distributed and 151 (27. 9%) were returned, with an average mark of 82. 7%±9.3% and a range of53.3 to 100%. Total score was significantly associated with years of experience in intensive care (P <0.04), number of pulmonory artery catheters inserted (P <0.015) and whether or not the respondent had passed the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine examination (P <0.01). Scores were significantly higher amongst trainees (P <0.0001) and physicians who had passed the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine examination (P <0.0001). Overall, 44.9% of respondents indicated their use of the pulmonary artery catheter was decreasing, with 42.6% indicating their use was the same over the past five years. Sixty-one percent of respondents indicated they either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that the use of echocardiography should supersede the use of the pulmonary artery catheter by intensive care specialists in the future. We concluded that in this study, knowledge of the pulmonmy artery catheter and its use is better in Australasia than in previous studies in North America and Europe. The majority of respondents in Australasia believe that echocardiography will supersede the use of the pulmonary artery catheter in the future.
Keyword Pulmonary artery catheter
Haemodynamic monitoring
Intensive Care
Echocardiography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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