Pulmonary Artery Catheter: What You Need to Know to Safely Care for Your Patient

Author(s): Regan Barbara S

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Cardiovascular, Hemodynamics

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) requires a high level of expertise to assure valid measurements, waveform identification and data integration. The nurse plays a key role in caring for the patient with a PAC. Continued education and skills development are imperative to ensure safe and effective care. This session provides a foundational approach to the use of the PAC, including indications for use, catheter insertion, identifying complications and employing evidence-based troubleshooting measures.


  • Explain the components of the pulmonary artery catheter, including the components involved with the insertion of the catheter.
  • Distinguish between an RA, RV, PA and PAWP waveform.
  • Summarize the risks and complications associated with the insertion and management of a PA catheter.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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