Accession Number : AD0434425

Title :   CONSTRUCTION AND USE OF A SIMPLE, SELF-GUIDING CATHETER FOR RIGHT HEART AND PULMONARY ARTERY IMPLANTATION,

Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TEX

Personal Author(s) : Fife,William P.

Report Date : FEB 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : A catheter was developed which can be easily and rapidly implanted in the right heart or pulmonary artery. Fabricated from Tygon tubing, the catheter contain a thin section located 2 cm. from the distal end. This results in a tip which follows the bloodstream without special manipulation. During implantation, its position is monitored by the use of a pressure transducer, thus eliminating the need for fluoroscopy. Since the catheter is self-guiding, it may be implanted with ease from such distal locations as the femoral vein. It can be used to inject substances directly into the heart or pulmonary artery, or to withdraw blood samples. It also can be used to make pressure recordings of high quality from these areas.

Descriptors :   (*CANNULATION, CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM), SURGERY, HEART, ARTERIES, SURGICAL SUPPLIES, BLOOD PRESSURE, MEDICAL RESEARCH

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE