Variability in Interpretation of Cardiac Standstill

Yes - it's a problem

By Michael Prats, MD on 10/09/17 02:00 AM

Ultrasound is used in cardiac arrest frequently. We know that it can provide some prognostic information regarding a patient's chance of survival. But before we go calling everybody dead based on our ultrasounds, we should make sure everyone agrees what constitutes "no cardiac activity". This articles takes a look to see the level of agreement among a group of physicians classifying point of care cardiac ultrasound clips as cardiac standstill or not.