I think that the tip of my pulmonary artery catheter is displaying a Right Ventricular waveform. What clues would help validate a right ventricular tracing?
Obtain a tracing of the right atrial, right ventricle, pulmonary artery and pulmonary wedge pressure tracing during insertion (you can retrieve these from the full disclosure, hemodynamic option at the central station). This should be posted to the chart to provide future reference.
At the start of each shift, post a tracing of the pulmonary artery tracing so that you have it for comparison in the event that your waveform should change.
If you observe a waveform that you suspect may be right ventricle, the following characteristics can support your assumption:
Clinical Educator, CCTC
Reviewd May 12, 2001
Revised March 21, 2013