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Field guide to critical care echocardiography 

Field guide to critical care echocardiography
Chapter:
Field guide to critical care echocardiography
Source:
Acute and Critical Care Echocardiography
Author(s):

Claire Colebourn

and Jim Newton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198757160.003.0008

This chapter is intended as a summary or reference for clinician echocardiographers at the bedside. It gives step-by-step algorithms which address both commonly asked questions and clinical situations which require rapid decision-making using echocardiography in the critically ill. These algorithms cover fluid status and fluid responsiveness, cardiovascular parameters, assessment of the shocked and breathless patient including trauma, assessment of the patient with a clinical diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, and assessment of the unwell obstetric patient and patients who are weaning from mechanical ventilatory support.

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