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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910212/feasibility-of-paramedic-performed-prehospital-lung-ultrasound-in-medical-patients-with-respiratory-distress
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Torben K Becker, Christian Martin-Gill, Clifton W Callaway, Francis X Guyette, Christopher Schott
OBJECTIVE: Prehospital ultrasound is not yet widely implemented. Most studies report on convenience samples and trauma patients, often by prehospital physicians or critical care clinicians. We assessed the feasibility of paramedic performed prehospital lung ultrasound in medical patients with respiratory distress. METHODS: Paramedics at 2 ambulance stations in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA underwent a 2-hour training session in prehospital lung ultrasound using the SonoSite iViz, a handheld ultrasound device...
September 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880397/transcranial-doppler-a-stethoscope-for-the-brain-neurocritical-care-use
#2
REVIEW
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Mypinder Sekhon, Karol Budohoski, Marek Czosnyka
Transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasonography is a noninvasive bedside monitoring technique that can evaluate cerebral blood flow hemodynamics in the intracranial arterial vasculature. TCD allows assessment of linear cerebral blood flow velocity, with a high temporal resolution and is inexpensive, reproducible, and portable. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the most commonly used TCD derived signals and measurements used commonly in neurocritical care. We describe both basic (flow velocity, pulsatility index) and advanced concepts, including critical closing pressure, wall tension, autoregulation, noninvasive intracranial pressure, brain compliance, and cerebrovascular time constant; we also describe the clinical applications of TCD to highlight their utility in the diagnosis and monitoring of cerebrovascular diseases as the "stethoscope for the brain...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870394/variability-in-interpretation-of-cardiac-standstill-among-physician-sonographers
#3
Kevin Hu, Nachi Gupta, Felipe Teran, Turandot Saul, Bret P Nelson, Phillip Andrus
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Cardiac standstill on point-of-care ultrasonography has been widely studied as a marker of prognosis in cardiac arrest. Return of spontaneous circulation has been reported in as few as 0% and as many as 45% of patients with cardiac standstill. When explicitly documented, the definition of cardiac activity in these studies varied from any slight change in echogenicity of the myocardium to any kinetic cardiac activity. We hypothesize that the variability in research definitions of cardiac activity may affect interpretation of video clips of patients in cardiac arrest...
September 1, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820608/skeletal-muscle-ultrasound-in-critical-care-a-tool-in-need-of-translation
#4
Marina Mourtzakis, Selina Parry, Bronwen Connolly, Zudin Puthucheary
With the emerging interest in documenting and understanding muscle atrophy and function in critically ill patients and survivors, ultrasonography has transformational potential in measuring muscle quantity and quality. Here, we discuss the importance of quantifying skeletal muscle in the ICU setting. We also identify the merits and limitations of various modalities that are capable of accurately and precisely measuring muscularity. Ultrasound is emerging as a potentially powerful tool for skeletal muscle quantification; however, there are key challenges that need to be addressed in future work to ensure useful interpretation and comparability of results across diverse observational and interventional studies...
August 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808365/intra-and-inter-observer-reliability-of-quadriceps-muscle-thickness-measured-with-bedside-ultrasonography-by-critical-care-physicians
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Vijay Hadda, Gopi C Khilnani, Rohit Kumar, Ashesh Dhunguna, Saurabh Mittal, Maroof Ahmad Khan, Karan Madan, Anant Mohan, Randeep Guleria
BACKGROUND: Muscle wasting is common among critically ill patients with sepsis and has a significant effect on clinical outcome. However, appropriate tool for measurement of muscle loss is debatable. Ultrasonography (USG) has been used for objective assessment of quadriceps muscle thickness among these patients; however, there is limited data on its reliability. AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to assess the reliability of quadriceps muscle thickness as measured by critical care physicians...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806175/point-of-care-ultrasound-facilitated-detection-of-femoral-occlusive-septic-emboli-during-mitral-valve-surgery-a-case-report
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Melissa L Bellomy, Susan Eagle, Mias Pretorius, Ben R Barton, Yafen Liang
Acute lower extremity ischemia from septic emboli is a surgical emergency. Timely diagnosis and management are critical to improve patient outcome. However, traditional diagnostic modalities such as intraoperative angiogram are time-consuming, require special equipment and personnel, and introduce contrast exposure for critically ill patients. There are limited reports of utilization of point-of-care ultrasound to detect peripheral septic emboli. We present a case where femoral occlusive septic emboli were identified by point-of-care ultrasound after mitral valve replacement...
August 10, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742869/ultrasound-non-invasive-measurement-of-intracranial-pressure-in-neurointensive-care-a-prospective-observational-study
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Tamara Tajsic, Justine Pietersen, Michael Bulman, Joseph Donnelly, Andrea Lavinio, Arun Gupta, David K Menon, Peter J A Hutchinson, Marek Czosnyka
BACKGROUND: The invasive nature of the current methods for monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP) has prevented their use in many clinical situations. Several attempts have been made to develop methods to monitor ICP non-invasively. The aim of this study is to assess the relationship between ultrasound-based non-invasive ICP (nICP) and invasive ICP measurement in neurocritical care patients. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a prospective, single-cohort observational study of patients admitted to a tertiary neurocritical care unit...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717966/association-between-aspirin-use-and-deep-venous-thrombosis-in-mechanically-ventilated-icu-patients
#8
Ena Gupta, Furqan S Siddiqi, Ryan Kunjal, Muhammad Faisal, Farah Al-Saffar, Abubakr A Bajwa, Lisa M Jones, Vandana Seeram, James D Cury, Adil Shujaat
Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is common in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. It is often silent and may be complicated by pulmonary embolism and death. Thromboprophylaxis with heparin does not always prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE). Aspirin (ASA) reduces the risk of VTE in surgical and high-risk medical patients but it is unknown if ASA may prevent DVT in mechanically ventilated ICU patients. We performed a retrospective chart review of critically ill patients who received mechanical ventilation for >72 h and underwent venous ultrasonography for suspected DVT between Jan 2012 and Dec 2013...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647928/pre-procedural-ultrasonography-for-tracheostomy-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-study
#9
Ella Even-Tov, Itzhak Koifman, Vladimir Rozentsvaig, Leonid Livshits, Peter Gilbey
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) has become a standard technique for critically ill patients who require long-term ventilation. The most common early post-operative complication is bleeding related to anatomical variation in vasculature. The procedure is performed at the patient's bedside unless this is deemed unsafe and then the accepted alternative is open tracheostomy in the operating room. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the use of pre-procedural ultrasound to aid in the decision of whether PDT in critical care patients should be performed at the patient's bedside or by open surgical tracheostomy...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645011/transient-portal-venous-gas-associated-with-reversible-non-occlusive-mesenteric-ischemia-a-case-report
#10
Gaël Piton, Brice Paquette, Eric Delabrousse, Gilles Capellier
OBJECTIVES: To report the utility of abdominal ultrasonography (US) to identify the presence of portal venous gas (PVG) during non-occlusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI), and to follow the disappearance of portal venous gas after resolution of the NOMI. DATA SOURCES: This was a clinical observation of a patient, with images of abdominal computed tomography (CT), and a video of portal venous gas identified by ultrasonography. DATA SYNTHESIS: We describe the case of an adult patient admitted to our ICU for NOMI developing 48h after cardiac surgery...
2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639578/ten-basic-principles-about-critical-ultrasonography-critical-care-practitioners-need-to-know
#11
Li-Na Zhang, Hong-Min Zhang, Yan-Gong Cao, Wan-Hong Yin, Wei He, Ran Zhu, Xin Ding, Li-Xia Liu, Jun Wu, Li Li, Hai-Tao Liu, Yu-Hang Ai, Xiao-Ting Wang
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July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625266/-risk-factors-of-deep-venous-thrombosis-associated-with-peripherally-inserted-central-venous-catheter-in-upper-extremity-in-icu
#12
Ning Zhao, Jiale Zhang, Ting Jiang, Xia Chen, Jianning Wang, Chengzhi Ding, Fen Liu, Kejian Qian, Rong Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the incidence and its risk factors of peripherally inserted central venous catheter related upper extremity deep venous thrombosis (PICC-UEDVT) in intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: Clinical data of the patients received PICCs in ICU of the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University from August 2013 to August 2016 were retrospectively analysed. The inclusion criteria in the study included: the age > 18 years old, catheter indwelling time > 1 week and the complete relevant information...
February 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612302/a-simplified-lung-ultrasound-approach-to-detect-increased-extravascular-lung-water-in-critically-ill-patients
#13
Antonio Anile, Jole Russo, Giacomo Castiglione, Giovanni Volpicelli
BACKGROUND: The quantification of B-lines at lung ultrasonography is a valid tool to estimate the extravascular lung water (EVLW) in patients after major cardiac surgery. However, there is still uncertainty about the correlation between B-lines and EVLW in a general population of critically ill. AIM: To evaluate a simplified lung ultrasonographic assessment as a tool to estimate the EVLW in critically ill patients admitted to a polyvalent intensive care unit (ICU)...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590257/critical-care-ultrasonography-in-circulatory-shock
#14
Geert Koster, Iwan C C van der Horst
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The objective was to define the role of ultrasound in the diagnosis and the management of circulatory shock by critical appraisal of the literature. RECENT FINDINGS: Assessment of any patient's hemodynamic profile based on clinical examination can be sufficient in several cases, but many times unclarities remain. Arterial catheters and central venous lines are commonly used in critically ill patients for practical reasons, and offer an opportunity for advanced hemodynamic monitoring...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574809/testicular-seminoma-and-its-mimics-from-the-radiologic-pathology-archives
#15
Jamie Marko, Darcy J Wolfman, Alex L Aubin, Isabell A Sesterhenn
Testicular seminoma is the most common malignant tumor of the testis. It classically manifests as a painless mass. Radiologic evaluation with high-frequency ultrasonography (US) is critical for diagnosis. Seminomas are usually homogeneously hypoechoic masses at US. In challenging cases, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging may help confirm that a mass is intratesticular and provide data for local staging. Computed tomography (CT) provides valuable information for staging, including the presence and size of retroperitoneal lymph nodes...
July 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495379/transthoracic-echocardiography-for-diagnosing-pulmonary-embolism-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
J Matthew Fields, Joshua Davis, Lily Girson, Arthur Au, Jacqueline Potts, Charity J Morgan, Imelda Vetter, Lee Ann Riesenberg
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common diagnosis with significant mortality if not appropriately treated. The use of transthoracic echocardiography in patients with PE is common; however, its diagnostic capabilities in this use are unclear. With the increased use of ultrasonography in medical settings, it is important to understand the strengths and limitations of echocardiography for the diagnosis of PE. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of PubMed, CINAHL, and EMBASE through 2016 for articles assessing the diagnostic accuracy of transthoracic echocardiography for PE...
July 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478875/assessment-of-volume-status-using-ultrasonography
#17
REVIEW
Brooke A Bailey, Sarah Davis, Briana Witherspoon
Ultrasonography is a first-line diagnostic tool when evaluating volume status in the critical care patient population. Ultrasonography leads to a prompt diagnosis and more appropriate management plan, while decreasing health care costs, time to diagnosis, hospital length of stay, time to definitive operation, and mortality. It is recommended that critical care providers treating critically ill patients be skilled and competent in critical care ultrasonography. As the critical care population and the shortage of critical care physicians increases, advanced practice providers are becoming more prevalent in critical care areas and should be competent in this skill as well...
June 2017: Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447145/-recommendations-for-education-in-ultrasound-in-medical-intensive-care-and-emergency-medicine-position-paper-of-dgiin-degum-and-dgk
#18
G Michels, H Zinke, M Möckel, D Hempel, C Busche, U Janssens, S Kluge, R Riessen, M Buerke, M Kelm, R S von Bardeleben, F Knebel, H-J Busch
Point-of-care ultrasound in acute care medicine is a prerequisite for diagnosis and therapy monitoring of critically ill patients. There is currently no uniform education strategy for medical intensive care and emergency medicine. As part of the basic level, the trainee takes theoretical and clinical training covering abdominal and thoracic ultrasonography and focused cardiovascular ultrasound. In a second step, special knowledge and skills can be acquired at an expert level. This two-stage concept is intended to guarantee quality assurance in ultrasound education in medical intensive care and emergency medicine...
May 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435502/inferior-vena-cava-measurement-with-ultrasound-what-is-the-best-view-and-best-mode
#19
Nathan M Finnerty, Ashish R Panchal, Creagh Boulger, Amar Vira, Jason J Bischof, Christopher Amick, David P Way, David P Bahner
INTRODUCTION: Intravascular volume status is an important clinical consideration in the management of the critically ill. Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) has gained popularity as a non-invasive means of intravascular volume assessment via examination of the inferior vena cava (IVC). However, there are limited data comparing different acquisition techniques for IVC measurement by POCUS. The goal of this evaluation was to determine the reliability of three IVC acquisition techniques for volume assessment: sub-xiphoid transabdominal long axis (LA), transabdominal short axis (SA), and right lateral transabdominal coronal long axis (CLA) (aka "rescue view")...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393708/minor-head-trauma-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department-decision-making-nodes
#20
Mario Mastrangelo, Fabio Midulla
BACKGROUND: Minor head trauma is one of the leading cause of access to pediatric emergency departments with only a limited quote of patients resulting in clinically relevant brain injuries. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review is to guide physicians involved in the management of pediatric head trauma towards a correct clinical approach. METHODS: A Pubmed/Medline search was realized through different entries including "minor head trauma" or "mild head trauma", "minor head injury" or "mild head injury", "acute head trauma"...
April 4, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
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