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Echocardiography and Focused Cardiac Ultrasound

Klugman, Darren MD, MS1; Berger, John T. MD2

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: August 2016 - Volume 17 - Issue 8 - p S222-S224
doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000000815
Organ Systems: Hemodynamic Monitoring
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Objectives: The following review will describe the use of focused cardiac ultrasound performed by noncardiologists and its role as an acute hemodynamic monitoring tool in pediatric cardiac critical care.

Data Source: MEDLINE and PubMed.

Conclusion: The use of focused cardiac ultrasound has grown tremendously over recent years, and is increasingly being performed and interpreted by intensivists, anesthesiologists, and emergency medicine physicians. These imaging techniques are useful in establishing etiologies of cardiac dysfunction and should compliment the physical examination and standard hemodynamic monitoring.

1Department of Pediatrics, Sections of Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC.

2Department of Pediatrics, Sections of Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC.

Dr. Berger’s institution received grant support from the National Institutes of Health and the Association for Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension. Dr. Klugman disclosed that he does not have any potential conflicts of interest.

For information regarding this article, E-mail: dklugman@childrensnational.org

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