This tape covers the technical details of measuring cardiac outputs with a Swan-Ganz catheter and an Edwards cardiac output computer with an attached calculator for determining various derivative hemodynamic values. The discussion centers on use of only these instruments and does not deal with the use of any other type of thermodelusion cardiac output computer, although several others are on the market. Moreover, the value and proper use of these measurements are not covered.
The program will be most useful for in-service training of nurses and technicians, or possibly for physicians planning to use the computer. Its principal value is