Bedside ultrasound for the hypotensive patient [abstract] Abstract uri icon

abstract

  • Caring for the acutely hypotensive patient represents a challenging and intimidating task. Often the patient has multiple co-morbidities and cannot provide useful history to the clinician. Decisions need to be made quickly with limited available information. While there is often significant time delay associated with laboratory, x-ray and CT scan results, point-of-care ultrasound can provide immediate information to help guide care. We have created a short curriculum and simple summative pocket card to teach learners how to use ultrasound as a tool to help diagnose and manage these daunting patients. Our PowerPoint presentation includes a review of the literature and clear demonstration of several techniques for evaluation of cardiac function and inferior vena cava collapsibility with brief discussion of other aspects of the exam including FAST, AAA, pneumothorax and DVT assessment. The curriculum concludes with a number of instructive actual patient cases and time for hands-on practice using bedside ultrasound on a healthy volunteer.

publication date

  • 2011