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    Just curious, do very many facilities wedge anymore? I know this topic has been posted before, but it looks like the threads are several years old. We don't personally wedge at my hospital, but I'm curious as to whether it is still commonplace elsewhere. Our CT surgeons go by PAD, CI, and CVP.

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    We don't wedge either. Our surgeons have some "notify me" orders regarding our PA pressures but they're really in love with CI.
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    It falls in and out of favor. It also varies widely facility to facility and state to state.
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    Mine wedge when they first place the Swan but after that, I never hear anyone mention it again.
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    It depends on the physician who puts the orders in. I've had some MDs that order the wedge once a shift and some that want it only sometimes and they'll ask for it. But, yes, we do wedge in my ICU. But swans in general aren't put in that often and they are taken out ASAP.
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    We do all the time. We have one doctor in particular who just LOVES swans, and it seems every one of his patient's get one, whether they need it or not. I have read that a lot of places aren't using swans nearly as much as they used to, but our ICU's still do.
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    Only when they go to cath lab for a RHC. Not in the ICU.
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    My ICU does wedge. It depends on the pt and their fluid status.
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    The usage of a WEDGE is dependable in the patient's situation and knowledge of the provider or nurse. It should not be use for every patient.
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    Yes, but it depends on the physician. It's common for our transplant docs to ask us for daily wedge.

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