Pulmonary Artery Pressure (PAP)

Pulmonary Artery Pressure (PAP) measurements -- mean PAP, systolic PAP and diastolic PAP -- visually mark the waveform output, which is influenced by a number of factors that can lead to measurement errors. The Mikro-Cath Pressure Catheter delivers a more accurate and reproducible PAP waveform, independent of the factors that impact fluid-filled readings, simplifying both the recording and reading of PAP derived parameters.

Simplifying Pulmonary Artery Pressure

Pulmonary Artery Pressure (PAP) is one of the most commonly measured parameters during a cardiac catheterization case. Mean PAP, systolic PAP and diastolic PAP are often derived by visually marking the waveform output by a fluid-filled transducer. This waveform is influenced by a number of factors, including patient position, transducer level, air bubbles, open connections and catheter tubing length, all of which can introduce error into the measurement. The result is a potential for over-estimation or under-estimation of the systolic and diastolic values.

The Millar Mikro-Cath diagnostic pressure catheter can be introduced into the pulmonary artery via a 6F or larger multi-purpose catheter to deliver a more accurate and reproducible PAP waveform, independent of the factors which impact fluid-filled readings. The result is a simplification in both the recording and reading of PAP derived parameters.

A graph measuring pulmonary artery pressure

The waveform diagram highlights the differences between the Mikro-Cath and fluid-filled pressure transducers. The recordings were made in the same patient several minutes apart and have been overlaid for comparison.

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More About PAP

Download the Mikro-Cath PAP information sheet to learn more about Millar's market-leading solution for obtaining the most accurate and comprehensive pulmonary artery pressure measurements in the industry.

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