By Michael Prats, MD on 05/07/18 06:00 AM
Usually in ultrasound we think of the stomach as something that gets in the way or gives us a false positive LUQ view in the FAST. But what if visualizing the stomach could actually be helpful? In some scenarios, such as prior to anesthesia, sedation, or a procedure, it might be nice to know if the patient has a full stomach with the potential to aspirate. These authors test out the accuracy of POCUS for this purpose in healthy volunteers.
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.
By Michael Prats, MD on 01/01/18 04:00 AM
There are many ways to skin a cat and there are many ways to confirm that your endotracheal tube in actually in the trachea. But aren't you tired of using those boring old techniques? The idea here is that you can use point-of-care ultrasound to visualized the air-filled ETT ballon and potentially save time in confirming your endotracheal tube placement after intubation. This study aimed to determine the accuracy of this technique.