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GI Bleed Risk

Can POCUS help?

By Michael Prats on 03/30/20 05:00 AM

It's not what you think - POCUS is not going to be used to diagnose a GI bleed. However, perhaps it can be used to risk stratify this diverse group of patients. These authors had the idea to check IVC, echo, and LVOT VTI to see if it could help predict which patients are going to have adverse events from their bleed.

Speckle Tracking in Pneumothorax

What?! How? Why?

By Michael Prats on 11/25/19 06:00 AM

Speckle tracking is a relatively new ultrasound technology that lets you graph the movement of tissue over time. We know this can be useful to look at cardiac function, but no one dared to try it out on the lung...until now! The idea here is that by using speckle tracking on the pleural line, there might be a higher accuracy in detecting pneumothorax on ultrasound! It sounds crazy...but maybe it's just crazy enough to work.

Early Systolic Notching for Pulmonary Embolism

A New Doppler Sign of Massive and Submassive PE

By Michael Prats on 11/11/19 06:00 AM

A focused echo can go a long way in a patient with a suspected pulmonary embolus (PE). It can be especially valuable in those that are so sick and unstable that you need answers right away. In this way, point-of-care echo has been shown to help to diagnose submassive and massive pulmonary emboli by identifying signs of right heart strain. Echo parameters such as right ventricle diameter and right ventricular function (such as in TAPSE) are often part of the evaluation, but these are not as accurate as we would like. These authors propose a new doppler marker of a submassive or massive PE- enter the Early Systolic Notching pattern.

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