24 October 2007

At 09.00 – PA-catheter taken off.

One less tube this morning.

The PA-catheter measures the blood pressure. But not the ordinary pressure, the one you measure with a cuff around your upper arm. That one measures the pressure with which the heart pumps out the blood in the body.

The PA-catheter on the other hand, measures the pressure of the blood that the heart is pumping to the lungs. You can’t place a cuff there – hence the PA-catheter.

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