Tracheal Ultrasound for Intubation

Not Just a Party Trick?

By Michael Prats, MD on 01/01/18 04:00 AM

There are many ways to skin a cat and there are many ways to confirm that your endotracheal tube in actually in the trachea. But aren't you tired of using those boring old techniques? The idea here is that you can use point-of-care ultrasound to visualized the air-filled ETT ballon and potentially save time in confirming your endotracheal tube placement after intubation. This study aimed to determine the accuracy of this technique.


Pericardial Effusions: Time to Intervention

Or is it?

By Michael Prats, MD on 12/18/17 04:00 AM

Pericardial effusions can be difficult to diagnose clinically. Luckily, ultrasound is the diagnostic of choice for finding those sneaky effusions. While we may know (in our hearts) that point of care ultrasound can be helpful in making this diagnosis, there is not a lot of literature showing improvement in patient centered outcomes. This study aims to see if performing a POCUS exam in the emergency department changed any meaningful outcomes for the patients that required a procedure to drain the fluid.


Pediatric Asthma

What do lung findings mean?

By Michael Prats, MD on 12/04/17 04:00 AM

I know what you're thinking...lung ultrasound in asthma?! - they should have a totally normal lung ultrasound, right? Traditionally, harkening back to the BLUE protocol - diseases such as asthma and COPD were diagnosed on ultrasound once every other cause of respiratory symptoms had been excluded and the patient had no other lung findings or DVT. With this background, this study wanted to evaluate pediatric patients in asthma exacerbation to see what lung ultrasound findings might be present, and when they were - what that meant for the patient.

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