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

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Title The pulmonary artery catheter in Australasia: a survey investigating intensive care physicians' knowledge and perception of future trends in use.
Author Johnston, I. G.; Fraser, J. F.; Sabapathy, Surendran; Kruger, P. S.
Journal Name Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Editor Dr Alan W. Duncan
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Society of Anaesthetists
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 of 53.3 to 100%. Total score was significantly associated with years of experience in intensive care (P <0.04), number of pulmonary 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 in this study that knowledge of the pulmonary 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.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.asa.org.au/
Alternative URI http://www.aaic.net.au/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Australian Society of Anaesthetists. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Use hypertext link to access the publisher's website.
Volume 36
Issue Number 1
Page from 84
Page to 89
ISSN 0310-057X
Date Accessioned 2008-07-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Heart Foundation Research Centre; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Intensive Care
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/21263
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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