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Torbjørn Graven, Alexander Wahba, Anne Marie Hammer, Ove Sagen, Øystein Olsen, Kyrre Skjetne, Jens Olaf Kleinau, Havard Dalen
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study the feasibility and reliability of focused ultrasound (US) examinations to quantify pericardial (PE)- and pleural effusion (PLE) by a pocket-size imaging device (PSID) performed by nurses in patients early after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: After a 3-month training period, with cardiologists as supervisors, two nurses examined 59 patients (20 women) with US using a PSID at a median of 5 days after cardiac surgery. The amount of PE and PLE was classified in four categories by US (both) and chest x-ray (PLE only)...
February 2015: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
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