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Crit Care Clin. 2015 Jan;31(1):43-66. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2014.08.003. Epub 2014 Oct 3.

Bedside ultrasonography for the intensivist.

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1
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, 410 Lakeville Road, Suite 107, New Hyde Park, NY 11042, USA. Electronic address: jdecardenasg@gmail.com.
2
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, 410 Lakeville Road, Suite 107, New Hyde Park, NY 11042, USA.

Abstract

Critical care ultrasonography is a bedside technique performed by the frontline clinician at the point of care. Point-of-care ultrasonography is conceptually related to physical examination. The intensivist uses visual assessment, auscultation, and palpation on an ongoing basis to monitor the patient. Ultrasonography adds to traditional physical examination by allowing the intensivist to visualize the anatomy and function of the body in real time. Initial, repeated, and goal-directed ultrasonography is an extension of the physical examination that allows the intensivist to establish a diagnosis and monitor the condition of the patient on a regular basis.

KEYWORDS:

Abdominal ultrasonography; Critical care echocardiography; Critical care ultrasonography; Thoracic ultrasonography; Vascular ultrasonography

PMID:
25435478
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccc.2014.08.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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