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Critically Ill Patients 

Critically Ill Patients
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Critically Ill Patients
Author(s):

Patrizio Lancellotti

and Bernard Cosyns

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198713623.003.0012
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date: 11 August 2020

Echocardiography is one of the most powerful diagnostic and monitoring tools available to the modern emergency/critical care practitioners. It can provide important information throughout the whole patient pathway. This chapter details the role of lung ultrasound and 2D echocardiography and colour Doppler for a variety of critical acute care conditions. These include acute cardiogenic pulmonary oedema, acute dyspnoea, and acute lung injury. More general information on how to perform a lung ultrasound, specific problems in ventilated patients and echocardiographic examination in cardiorespiratory arrest and focused echocardiography protocols are also discussed.

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