The effects of lateral body positioning on measurements of pulmonary artery and pulmonary artery wedge pressures

G. T. Kennedy, A. Bryant, M. H. Crawford

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare measurements of pulmonary artery and pulmonary artery wedge pressures taken in the supine position with the same measurements taken in the right lateral decubitus and left lateral decubitus positions. Our study has shown that accurate measurements of pulmonary artery and pulmonary artery wedge pressures can be obtained in patients who are in the lateral decubitus position as long as the transducer is leveled to the area of the left atrium. Since our patients were a selected group with coronary artery disease requiring invasive monitoring, it is unknown whether these results would apply to all patient groups, for example, postsurgical patients. Therefore, we recommend baseline measurements be done in all three positions before relying on measurements in the lateral positions exclusively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-158
Number of pages4
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Volume13
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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