As a first year anesthesia resident, I’ve already done roughly 10 cases requiring cardiopulmonary bypass (all of which had Swan-Ganz catheters too), but now I’m officially starting my dedicated “cardiovascular” (CV) week.
CV physiology and pharmacology have always fascinated me. The ways we can manipulate myocardial contractility, preload, afterload, and pulmonary vascular mechanics are amazing… not to mention the changes inherent to cardiopulmonary bypass and getting to perform a full transesophageal echo exam. 🙂
Its been a while since I “floated a Swan” (pulmonary artery catheter), so I found this excellent video outlining what I’ll be doing in my cases this week.