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The Implementation of a Preoperative Transthoracic Echocardiography Consult Service by Anesthesiologists

Shillcutt, Sasha K. MD, MS, FASE*; Walsh, Daniel P. MD*; Thomas, Walker R. RDCS, FASE*; Lyden, Elizabeth MS; Brakke, Tara R. MD, FASE*; Ellis, Sheila J. MD*; Lisco, Steven J. MD, FCCM*; Markin, Nicholas W. MD, FASE*

doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002156
Perioperative Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Education: Brief Report

We describe a preoperative transthoracic echocardiography consult service led by anesthesiologists. The implementation process and the patient cohort are described. Preoperative transthoracic echocardiographic examinations were mostly performed in patients undergoing intermediate- or high-risk noncardiac surgery and in patients with a higher calculated mortality risk. All transthoracic echocardiographic examinations were interpreted by anesthesiologists.

Published ahead of print June 20, 2017.

From the Departments of *Anesthesiology and Biostatistics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska.

Accepted for publication March 27, 2017.

Published ahead of print June 20, 2017.

Funding: This study was funded by the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Conflicts of Interest: See Disclosures at the end of the article.

Reprints will not be available from the authors.

Address correspondence to Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, FASE, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 984455 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198. Address e-mail to

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