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Ultrasound in critical care

Paweł Andruszkiewicz, Dorota Sobczyk
DOI: 10.5603/AIT.2013.0036
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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2013;45(3):177-181.

open access

Vol 45, No 3 (2013 Jul-Sep)
Review articles
Submitted: 2013-09-25

Abstract

Ultrasound has been revolutionising our specialty. The introduction of new, portable machines and goal-directed protocols has led many anaesthetists to use this diagnostic tool in their daily practice. Immediate, bedside ultrasound diagnosis of many life-threatening emergencies (pneumothorax, cardiac tamponade, or internal haemorrhage) enables not only the institution of proper treatment, but also the monitoring of its effectiveness. Ultrasound guided invasive procedures (such as vascular cannulations, toraco- and pericardiocentesis) have superseded the old anatomical landmarks-based techniques due to a greater safety margin. In order to perform a credible ultrasound examination, a proper level of competence is required. In this review article, the authors present various critical ultrasound applications.

Abstract

Ultrasound has been revolutionising our specialty. The introduction of new, portable machines and goal-directed protocols has led many anaesthetists to use this diagnostic tool in their daily practice. Immediate, bedside ultrasound diagnosis of many life-threatening emergencies (pneumothorax, cardiac tamponade, or internal haemorrhage) enables not only the institution of proper treatment, but also the monitoring of its effectiveness. Ultrasound guided invasive procedures (such as vascular cannulations, toraco- and pericardiocentesis) have superseded the old anatomical landmarks-based techniques due to a greater safety margin. In order to perform a credible ultrasound examination, a proper level of competence is required. In this review article, the authors present various critical ultrasound applications.

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Keywords

intensive therapy, diagnostics; intensive therapy, ultrasound; intensive therapy, echocardiography

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Title

Ultrasound in critical care

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 45, No 3 (2013 Jul-Sep)

Pages

177-181

DOI

10.5603/AIT.2013.0036

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2013;45(3):177-181.

Keywords

intensive therapy
diagnostics
intensive therapy
ultrasound
intensive therapy
echocardiography

Authors

Paweł Andruszkiewicz
Dorota Sobczyk

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