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Evaluation of the Evidence on Benefits and Harms of Pulmonary Artery Catheter Use in Critical Care Settings

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The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requested that the Tufts Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center (Tufts EPC) conduct a technology assessment report on pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) monitoring in patients hospitalized in critical care settings. The primary goal of the report is to describe the utility of PAC monitoring with relevance to the relative effect and safety of PAC monitoring and how it affects outcomes in the Medicare population (i.e., people at least 65 years old) hospitalized in critical care settings.