LVOT Opening in Cardiac Arrest

More Support for TEE?

By Michael Prats on 09/30/19 06:00 AM

There are many ways that TEE can help you in cardiac arrest. One of these is to monitor your chest compressions to make sure they are actually doing what you want. Although this makes sense intuitively and is supported by animal models, there has not been a lot of evidence to date. This article takes a step in that direction by showing some data on outcomes in humans.

Carotid Intima-Media Thickening

Predictor of Stress Test Results?

By Michael Prats on 09/02/19 06:00 AM

We know that the carotid arteries are easily seen on ultrasound, but usually we think of this scan in the context of comprehensive sonography. Certainly, it is not hard to believe that having increased atherosclerotic build up would put someone at increased risk for coronary artery disease, but what can we do with that in the acute setting? These authors had an idea - maybe measuring the Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT), could be a predictor of the outcomes of a cardiac stress test. Is this brilliance or craziness? Decide for yourself!

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Does finding fascial fluid help?

By Michael Prats on 08/19/19 06:00 AM

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a real bad deal. We usually rely on clinical exam (which can be misleading) or other imaging studies (which can take forever) to make the diagnosis. POCUS would be an awesome solution in helping to make this time-sensitive determination. We know it can pick up fascial fluid, air, subcutaneous changes...but really how good is it when it comes down to diagnosing this deadly disease?

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The latest study from the SHoC-ED Group is out! Does POCUS Change ED Care to Hypotensive Patients?. Great read with interesting findings!

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