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Bedside ultrasound

Pablo Blanco, Giovanni Volpicelli
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is a widely used tool in emergency and critical care settings, useful in the decision-making process as well as in interventional guidance. While having an impressive diagnostic accuracy in the hands of highly skilled operators, inexperienced practitioners must be aware of some common misinterpretations that may lead to wrong decisions at the bedside. OBJECTIVES: This article provides a revision list of common POCUS misdiagnoses usually found in practice and offers useful tips to recognize and avoid them...
December 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
James A Town, Paul A Bergl, Akhil Narang, John F McConville
BACKGROUND : The long-term retention of knowledge and skills in bedside ultrasound by internal medicine residents after ultrasound training is not well understood. OBJECTIVE : We sought to determine whether knowledge and skills acquired from focused training in bedside ultrasound are retained over time, and whether retention is related to independent practice. METHODS : We conducted a prospective observational trial of 101 internal medicine residents at an academic medical center who participated in a bedside ultrasound workshop followed by 12 months of independent practice...
October 2016: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Floriana Zennaro, Elena Neri, Federico Nappi, Daniele Grosso, Riccardo Triunfo, Francesco Cabras, Francesca Frexia, Stefania Norbedo, Pierpaolo Guastalla, Massino Gregori, Elisabetta Cattaruzzi, Daniela Sanabor, Egidio Barbi, Marzia Lazzerini
BACKGROUND: The use of point-of-care ultrasonography (POC US) in paediatrics is increasing. This study investigated the diagnostic accuracy of POC US in children accessing the emergency department (ED) when performed by paediatricians under the remote guidance of radiologists (TELE POC). METHODS: Children aged 0 to 18 years accessing the ED of a third level research hospital with eight possible clinical scenarios and without emergency/severity signs at the triage underwent three subsequent US tests: by a paediatrician guided remotely by a radiologist (TELE POC); by the same radiologist (UNBLIND RAD); by an independent blinded radiologist (BLIND RAD)...
2016: PloS One
Chen Zhan, Natalia Grundtvig, Bent Helmuth Klug
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies suggest that lung ultrasound is a good, radiation-free alternative to chest radiography in children with pneumonia. We investigated how bedside lung ultrasound performed by a pediatric resident compared with chest radiography in children with suspected pneumonia. METHODS: This was a prospective study comparing bedside lung ultrasound to chest radiography as the reference standard. Children aged 0 to 15 years with suspected pneumonia at a pediatric emergency department were included and underwent chest radiography and lung ultrasound...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Marie Pier Desjardins, Kirstin D Weerdenburg, Jason W Fischer
We present a case series of 2 patients who presented to a pediatric emergency department with history and symptoms suggestive of diaphragmatic hernia. Point-of-care ultrasound was used at the bedside to demonstrate the presence of bowel in the thorax and accurately guided the care of these children.
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Alice Sabatino, Giuseppe Regolisti, Laura Bozzoli, Filippo Fani, Riccardo Antoniotti, Umberto Maggiore, Enrico Fiaccadori
MAIN PROBLEM: In patients with Acute Kidney Injury there is a lack of nutritional variables that can assess nutritional status, more specifically lean body mass (LBM) and skeletal muscle mass, at the individual level. In this clinical setting, ultrasound (US)) of the quadriceps femoris could represent a widely available, non-invasive, affordable, and reliable tool to evaluate skeletal muscle. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional observational study in adult critically ill patients with KDIGO stage 3 AKI on dialysis...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Silvana Arciniegas Rodriguez, Tony Zitek, Richard Sterett, David G Nelson
In the pediatric population, cardiac tamponade may present with altered mental status without any clear signs of trauma. Bedside ultrasound is essential to the early diagnosis of this condition. We describe the case of a 5-year-old boy who sustained a potentially fatal, unrecognized trauma to his chest resulting in cardiac tamponade.
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Georgios Tsivgoulis, Andrei V Alexandrov
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Low cost, avoidance of irradiation, and high temporal resolution are inherent advantages of ultrasound imaging that translate into multiple clinical uses in many domains of neurology. This article presents clinical uses of ultrasound examination in cerebrovascular, neurodegenerative, and peripheral nervous system diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: Modern treatment and prevention of ischemic stroke rely on prompt diagnosis. Ultrasonography has found a place as a noninvasive screening test and bedside technique that provides estimates of the degree of stenosis as well as hemodynamic and structural information about intracranial and extracranial vessels in real time...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Lori A Stolz, Uwe Stolz, J Matthew Fields, Turandot Saul, Michael Secko, Matthew J Flannigan, Johnathan M Sheele, Robert P Rifenburg, Anthony J Weekes, Elaine B Josephson, John Bedolla, Dana M Resop, Jonathan Dela Cruz, Megan Boysen-Osborn, Terrell Caffery, Charlotte Derr, Rimon Bengiamin, Gerardo Chiricolo, Brandon Backlund, Jagdipak Heer, Robert J Hyde, Srikar Adhikari
OBJECTIVES: Emergency ultrasound (EUS) has been recognized as integral to the training and practice of emergency medicine (EM). The Council of Emergency Medicine Residency-Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (CORD-AEUS) consensus document provides guidelines for resident assessment and progression. The Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has adopted the EM Milestones for assessment of residents' progress during their residency training which includes demonstration of procedural competency in bedside ultrasound...
October 14, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Hendry Robert Sawe, Cathryn Haeffele, Juma A Mfinanga, Victor G Mwafongo, Teri A Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Bedside inferior vena cava (IVC) ultrasound has been proposed as a non-invasive measure of volume status. We compared ultrasound measurements of the caval index (CI) and physician gestalt to predict blood pressure response in patients requiring intravenous fluid resuscitation. METHODS: This was a prospective study of adult emergency department patients requiring fluid resuscitation. A structured data sheet was used to record serial vital signs and the treating clinician's impression of patient volume status and cause of hypotension...
2016: PloS One
Audrey Monastesse, Francois Girard, Nathalie Massicotte, Carl Chartrand-Lefebvre, Martin Girard
BACKGROUND: Few diagnostic tools are available to anesthesiologists when confronted with intraoperative hypoxemia. Lung ultrasonography is a safe and accurate bedside imaging modality. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of lung ultrasonography during the perioperative period and assess its ability to detect intraoperative respiratory complications and oxygenation changes resulting from perioperative atelectasis. METHODS: In this prospective observational pilot study, 30 consecutive patients scheduled for laparoscopic surgery were recruited...
September 23, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Joanna S Cohen, Naomi Hughes, Sonny Tat, James M Chamberlain, Stephen J Teach, Keith Boniface
OBJECTIVES: Recent literature suggests that bedside lung ultrasound may have a role in the evaluation of infants with bronchiolitis. B lines, which are multiple and diffuse vertical artifacts spreading from the lung pleural interface to the edge of the ultrasound screen, have been associated with thickened interlobular septa, extravascular lung water, and diffuse parenchymal disease. The aims of this study were (1) to describe the prevalence of B lines in children younger than 24 months presenting to the emergency department with wheezing, (2) to determine the interrater reliability of lung ultrasound findings in this setting, and (3) to determine the association of B lines with atopy and other clinical findings...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Katie Adams, Shyam A Sheth, Andrew J Meyr
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The gold standard for the diagnosis of lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is reported to be venous duplex ultrasound (VDU) because it is noninvasive, sensitive, relatively inexpensive, and can be performed at a patients bedside. The objective of this investigation was to measure agreement in the interpretation of VDU between multiple medical specialties. METHODS: Agreement among different physicians who typically interpret VDU images were examined...
September 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Sinan Karacabey, Erkman Sanri, Ozlem Guneysel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the correlation between central venous pressure (CVP) and inferior vena cava (IVC) diameters measured by ultrasonography (Ultrasound) in critically ill patients. METHODS: Intubated critically ill patients were enrolled. The CVP values were measured using a U-tube manometer and were compared to the IVC diameters and collapsibility index, which were measured by bedside Ultrasound. Patients younger than 18 years old, who were not intubated, who had an abdominal pressure greater than 12 mmHg, and/or who were admitted for trauma were excluded from the study...
July 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Cédric Carrie, Chloé Gisbert-Mora, Eline Bonnardel, Bernard Gauche, Matthieu Biais, Frédéric Vargas, Gilles Hilbert
PURPOSE: To assess the ability of diaphragmatic ultrasound (US) to predict weaning failure in mechanically ventilated patients undergoing a first spontaneous breathing trial (SBT). METHODS: During a 4-month period, 67 consecutive patients eligible for a first SBT underwent US measurements of maximal diaphragmatic excursion (MDE) by a right anterior subcostal approach. Weaning failure was defined as either the failure of SBT or the need for resumption of ventilatory support for acute respiratory failure or death within 48h following successful extubation...
September 16, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Mustafa Avcı, Nalan Kozacı, İnan Beydilli, Fevzi Yılmaz, Arif Onur Eden, Sadullah Turhan
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to compare the efficacy of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and computed tomography (CT) in the diagnosis of the fracture of the bones that form the elbow joint and the determination of treatment method in elbow injuries. METHODS: Forty-nine patients aged 5 to 65 years, who were admitted with low-energy elbow injuries, had at least 1 fracture of the elbow joint bones, and underwent CT scanning, were included in this study...
August 27, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Andrew Grock, Wendy Chan, Ian S deSouza
An otherwise healthy 36-year-old man presented with sudden-onset right upper quadrant abdominal pain and vomiting. A bedside ultrasound, performed to evaluate hepatobiliary pathology, revealed a normal gallbladder but free intraperitoneal fluid. After an expedited CT and emergent explorative laparotomy, the patient was diagnosed with a small bowel obstruction with ischemia secondary to midgut volvulus. Though midgut volvulus is rare in adults, delays in definitive diagnosis and management can result in bowel necrosis...
September 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Benjamin Azan, Felipe Teran, Bret P Nelson, Phillip Andrus
BACKGROUND: Vascular air embolism is a rare but potentially deadly phenomenon. Early diagnosis allows providers to initiate measures aimed at preventing further air entry, preventing the migration of air to the lungs, and mitigating the hemodynamic effects of pulmonary air embolism. CASE REPORT: An emergency physician used point-of-care ultrasound to identify intravascular air before embolization to the pulmonary vasculature. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: Bedside ultrasound can be used as a tool for early diagnosis of intravascular air...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Massimo Zambon, Massimiliano Greco, Speranza Bocchino, Luca Cabrini, Paolo Federico Beccaria, Alberto Zangrillo
PURPOSE: Diaphragmatic dysfunction (DD) has a high incidence in critically ill patients and is an under-recognized cause of respiratory failure and prolonged weaning from mechanical ventilation. Among different methods to assess diaphragmatic function, diaphragm ultrasonography (DU) is noninvasive, rapid, and easy to perform at the bedside. We systematically reviewed the current literature assessing the usefulness and accuracy of DU in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. METHODS: Pubmed, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Embase, Scopus, and Google Scholar Databases were searched for pertinent studies...
September 12, 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
Maha Kamel Ghanem, Hoda Ahmed Makhlouf, Ali Abdel-Azeem Hasan, Ahmed Atef Alkarn
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) remains under-diagnosed fatal disease at emergency units suggesting the need for alternative, easy, and noninvasive bedside diagnostic approaches. OBJECTIVES: To determine the diagnostic role of gray-scale and color Doppler transthoracic ultasonography (TUS) in patients with PTE. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Blinded to 64 multi-detectors CT pulmonary angiography (MDCTPA) examination as a gold standard, 60 patients with clinically suspected PTE underwent gray-scale and then color Doppler TUS examination...
September 8, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
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