VExUS

The Venous Excess Ultrasound Grading System & Acute Kidney Injury

By Michael Prats on 09/28/20 04:00 AM

You may have heard whispers of a magical new way to determine if your patient has too much fluid on board. The VExuS (Venous Excess UltraSound) grading system has been described as a way to use the IVC in combination with abdominal organ doppler in order to determine the degree of venous congestion. This is the first study that takes a look at the VExUS system to see if it can predict acute kidney injury in post-operative patients. https://www.ultrasoundgel.org/99 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7142196/


COVID-19 Severity

What Can POCUS Tell Us?

By Michael Prats on 09/14/20 04:00 AM

We haven't discussed COVID-19 for a long time, despite the explosion of POCUS articles on how ultrasound can be used during this pandemic. Many of the articles have focused on the accuracy of POCUS for making the diagnosis, or comparing the ultrasound findings to those on CT. These are helpful, but now what we really want are studies that help establish that POCUS is helping with delivering patient care - either diagnostically or prognostically. This article seems to take the first step in this direction by examining the prognostic utility of lung ultrasound in this disease. https://www.ultrasoundgel.org/98 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32728966/


Return of the Aortic Dissection

POCUS Accuracy and Time

By Michael Prats on 08/31/20 05:00 AM

We are making some headway in the evidence behind using point-of-care ultrasound in aortic emergencies. This study takes a look at sensitivity and specificity for acute aortic dissection (which has been a few times before) and also compares POCUS to a control group to see if it causes delays or improves times to diagnosis or treatment (has not been done prospectively before). They even look at mortality! https://www.ultrasoundgel.org/97 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31971274/


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