Technique for Ultrasound During Endotracheal Intubation

A Wild "Goose" Chase?

By Michael Prats, MD on 04/09/18 06:00 AM

We already know that ultrasound can be used to help with endotracheal intubation. The idea is that you can visualize the trachea and esophagus while someone is attempting to place the endotracheal tube - and see which one lights up with the air-filled balloon. Since some people are actually doing this now, it might be important to figure out the best way to perform this ultrasound exam. Where do you put the transducer? Do you add pressure? How long does this take? Some of these answers are obvious, but this study takes a look to figure out where you can get the most bang for your airway ultrasound buck.


E/e' for Acute Heart Failure

Too much for the masses?

By Michael Prats, MD on 03/26/18 06:00 AM

Point of care ultrasound protocols for acute heart failure are a dime a dozen these days - for good reason. Ultrasound has made this diagnosis way easier in the acute care setting. The question now is who can come up with the best protocol - something easy, accurate, and fast. These authors put their spin on the traditional heart and lungs protocol by including a measurement of the left atrial pressure. How does it hold up?


Special Edition: Critical Care POCUS Articles in Dublin, Ireland

Part 3

By Michael Prats, MD on 03/19/18 06:00 AM

This is the conclusion, nay- the FINALE, of this spectacular discussion of critical care ultrasound. After several rounds of Guinness, this crack team is still dropping insightful pearls about how to use point of care ultrasound in real-life critical care practice. Enjoy this last foray into the collective knowledge of the Dublin podcast group.

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