POCUS in Sepsis

Finding the Source

By Michael Prats, MD on 11/06/17 04:00 AM

We know that POCUS can be used to diagnose many different types of infection. We also know that these infections can lead to serious systemic illness in the form of sepsis. Whenever we see a patient with sepsis, we want to know the source infection as quickly as possible so that we can treat it appropriately with antibiotics and/or a procedural intervention. Therefore, this paper takes a look to see if using ultrasound in the diagnostic work up of these undifferentiated infected patients can help diagnose the source and lead to better treatment.


A Few Abstracts from WCUME 2017

Research from Montreal

By Michael Prats, MD on 10/23/17 06:00 AM

Members of the GEL team recently traveled to beautiful Montreal, Canada for the World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education 2017. Amidst the great speakers, great friends, and wonderful education - we picked out a few interesting research abstracts that we thought would be interesting to discuss.


Variability in Interpretation of Cardiac Standstill

Yes - it's a problem

By Michael Prats, MD on 10/09/17 02:00 AM

Ultrasound is used in cardiac arrest frequently. We know that it can provide some prognostic information regarding a patient's chance of survival. But before we go calling everybody dead based on our ultrasounds, we should make sure everyone agrees what constitutes "no cardiac activity". This articles takes a look to see the level of agreement among a group of physicians classifying point of care cardiac ultrasound clips as cardiac standstill or not.

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