Category Archives: Ultrasound

LUNG US AND BNP

A small study in Ann Intensive Care reminds me that lung ultrasound is  good at detecting heart failure and differentiating against other causes of acute dyspnoea.

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FAST THORACOTOMY

Ultrasound is being used for procedures and decision making everywhere. Now, someone’s evaluated it for decision making in penetrating trauma cardiac arrest emergent thoracotomies. Is there a place (and time) for ultrasound in this setting? A new article in Annals … Continue reading

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CODE BROWN: COMBATIVE AND BLEEDING

I’ve had combative patients in my ER lots of times. Combative enough to warrant sedation or anaesthesia. And bleeding patients. Serious bleeding. Lots of times. But not the extremes of both at the same time.

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TEE DURING CARDIAC ARREST

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE or TOE) used to be the domain of cardiologists. It has lately seeped into other areas of medicine where hemodynamic evaluation is crucial. ICU’s and occasionally OR’s use them even for non-cardiac surgery. But the TEE probe … Continue reading

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LATERAL VIEW OF THE AORTA

We normally visualise the aorta on ultrasound by scanning down the midline. However, we frequently fail to visualise the entire aorta. The view is often obscured by bowel gas. Abdominal pain often makes the examination intolerable. A small proof-of-concept study in … Continue reading

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SC BETTER THAN IC

A study in AJEM compares ultrasound visualisation of the subclavian vein using the supraclavicular and infraclavicular approaches.  With the increasing dominance of procedural ultrasound in central vein cannulation, perhaps there will be a shift towards supraclavicular cannulation at the expense … Continue reading

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E-POINT SEPTAL SEPARATION

A paper in AJEM describes a way to quickly assess left ventricular function that I wasn’t too familiar with. By measuring the distance between the anterior mitral valve and interventricular septum we can roughly assess the heart’s ejection fraction.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“The CXR is a dying breed in the acute assessment of trauma.” – Brian Burns, Greater Sydney HEMS.

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PNEUMONIA AND ED ULTRASOUND

A study in AJEM sets out to compare diagnostic accuracy between chest x-rays and lung ultrasound for diagnosing pneumonia. Other recent ED studies have consistently shown how lung ultrasound outperforms chest x-rays when diagnosing pneumonia.

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SKULL FRACTURES AND ULTRASOUND

We don’t want to irradiate young kids. On the other hand, we really don’t want to miss that skull fracture. What to do? Ultrasound to the rescue (again)?

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