Ultrasound Associated with Delays in Chest Compressions

Don't throw the baby out

By Michael Prats, MD on 08/14/17 02:00 AM

Ultrasound is commonly used in the resuscitations of patients in cardiac arrest. It can help to determine cardiac activity and etiologies of the arrest. Usually the ultrasound evaluation is performed during a pulse check. We know that we need to minimize pulse checks to maintain good perfusion - so is it possible that ultrasound causes further delays between chest compressions? This article says yes.