Ultrasound cardiac focus echocardiography

So many great information can be gleaned from a focused echocardiogram in Emergency Department patients. What views are you obtaining? What is the importance of the e-point septal separation (EPSS) and how to measure this? Drs. Jimmy Fair, Mike Mallon, and Mike Stone provide a terrific step-by-step image-based guide to these questions that you can use at the bedside as a refresher.

 

PV Card: Focused Echocardiography Ultrasound


Adapted from [1, 2]

References

  1. Randazzo M, Snoey E, Levitt M, Binder K. Accuracy of emergency physician assessment of left ventricular ejection fraction and central venous pressure using echocardiography. Acad Emerg Med. 2003;10(9):973-977. [PubMed]
  2. Nagdev A, Stone M. Point-of-care ultrasound evaluation of pericardial effusions: does this patient have cardiac tamponade? Resuscitation. 2011;82(6):671-673. [PubMed]
Scott Kobner
Medical Student
New York University School of Medicine
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Scott Kobner

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Chief Resident at LAC+USC Department of Emergency Medicine. I like learning stuff, teaching stuff, and the doctoring part of medicine.