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Why Anesthesiologists Must Incorporate Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Into Daily Practice

Coker, Bradley J. MD; Zimmerman, Josh M. MD, FASE

Anesthesia & Analgesia:
doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001854
Perioperative Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Education: Narrative Review Article

The size, availability, cost, and quality of modern ultrasound devices have, for the first time in modern medicine, enabled point-of-care ultrasound by the noncardiologist physician. The appropriate application of focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) by anesthesiologists has the potential to alter management and affect outcomes for a wide range of patients. In this article, the indications, benefits, and limitations of FoCUS are described. The training and equipment required to perform FoCUS are also discussed.

Author Information

From the *Department of Perioperative Medicine and Anesthesiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama; and Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Accepted for publication December 2, 2016.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Bradley J. Coker, MD, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 619 19th Street South JT 804, Birmingham, Al 35249. Address e-mail to

© 2017 International Anesthesia Research Society

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