19 Aug Review of Pulmonary Artery Catheterisation (2010)
The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) engaged HealthConsult, working in partnership with the University of Sydney’s NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC), to undertake an evidence-based review of Pulmonary Artery Catheterisation (PAC) for monitoring cardiac output and, more generally, to evaluate the utility of continuous monitoring of pulmonary wedge pressure and cardiac output. The systematic review was commissioned as part of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Quality Framework. The project involved consultation with key stakeholders, development of a research protocol, a systematic review of the clinical evidence for safety and effectiveness, a review of current clinical practice guidelines, and an analysis of data from Medicare Australia and the National Hospital Morbidity Database. The project commenced in August 2010 and was completed in March 2011.