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Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Feb;71(2):201-207. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.09.003. Epub 2017 Nov 6.

Transesophageal Echocardiography: Guidelines for Point-of-Care Applications in Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation.

Author information

1
Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Electronic address: James.Fair@hsc.utah.edu.
2
Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
3
Departments of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Cooper University, Camden, NJ.
4
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
5
Department of Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Medicine, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
6
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
7
Department of Emergency Medicine, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL.
8
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Abstract

Cardiac arrest is one of the most challenging patient presentations managed by emergency care providers, and echocardiography can be instrumental in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment guidance in these critically ill patients. Transesophageal echocardiography has many advantages over transthoracic echocardiography in a cardiac arrest resuscitation. As transesophageal echocardiography is implemented more widely at the point of care during cardiac arrest resuscitations, guidelines are needed to assist emergency providers in acquiring the equipment and skills necessary to successfully incorporate it into the management of cardiac arrest victims.

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