CCC Critical Care compendium 340

Pulmonary haemorrhage after PAOP measurement

OVERVIEW a life threatening time-critical emergency pulmonary artery rupture caused by inflation of the pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) balloon during ‘wedging’ (measurement of the pulmonary artery occlusion pressure) some experts advise against measuring PAWP because of the risk of pulmonary…

CCC Critical Care compendium 340

Pulmonary Artery Wedge Pressure

PAOP or PAWP is pressure within the pulmonary arterial system when catheter tip ‘wedged’ in the tapering branch of one of the pulmonary arteries in most patients this estimates LVEDP thus is an indicator of LVEDV (preload of the left ventricle)