Invasive hemodynamic monitoring has been present in the intensive care unit since the early use of central venous pressure catheters for monitoring fluid volume and mercury manometers for measuring pressures via arterial catheters. Technology, scientific advances, and translational research have brought many changes from those early years, including less invasive methods that require different knowledge and competencies. However, nurses must still understand the physiologic principles of flow, pressure, and resistance to be able to interpret the multitude of data that exist in their environment.

Hemodynamic Monitoring contains 3 parts: a discussion of monitoring methods, advancing technologies that change how we are monitoring, and the application of this information to practice. The book begins with Fundamentals of Hemodynamic Monitoring and Physical Assessment and Hemodynamic Monitoring. These 2 chapters provide the foundation for the following chapters.

Each chapter includes multiple learning and teaching tools. In...

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