We present a case of a 41-year-old man who suffered cardiac arrest after induction of general anesthesia for an ambulatory ophthalmologic procedure. In this report, we highlight the use of focused transthoracic echocardiography by the anesthesia team to guide a prolonged resuscitation. Emergency room and critical care physicians have described the use of focused echocardiography to aid in diagnosing correctible causes of cardiac arrest, predicting outcomes, and in decision making regarding termination of resuscitation. We discuss benefits and barriers to anesthesiologists incorporating focused cardiac ultrasound into the perioperative arena.
From the Department of Anesthesia, Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.
Accepted for publication October 8, 2018.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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