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TEE to Shorten Compression Pauses in Cardiac Arrest

Better than TTE?

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

TEE has been heralded as the latest and greatest way to monitor a cardiac arrest resuscitation. The advantages include continuous monitoring of cardiac activity, ability to evaluate efficacy of chest compressions, and better evaluation of etiologies of the arrest. Although many places are using it currently, there is not much evidence to support these theoretical benefits. What we do know is that a few studies have shown that transthoracic ultrasound leads to prolonged pauses in cardiac arrest. This study aims to see if TEE is the solution. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30773413