Current status of point of care ultrasonography for the perioperative care of trauma patients

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Journal Article

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Current opinion in anaesthesiology




PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The incorporation of point of care ultrasound into the field of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine is growing at rapid pace. The benefits of this modality align with the acuity of patient care and decision-making in anesthetic care of a trauma patient. RECENT FINDINGS: Cardiac ultrasound can be used to diagnose cardiac tamponade or investigate the inferior vena cava to assess volume status in patients who may suffer from hemorrhagic shock. Thoracic ultrasound may be used to rapidly identify pneumothorax or hemothorax in a patient suffering chest wall trauma. In addition, investigators are exploring the utility of ultrasonography in traumatic airway management and elevated intracranial pressure. In addition, the utility of gastric ultrasound on trauma patients is briefly discussed. SUMMARY: Incorporation of point of care ultrasound techniques into the practice of trauma anesthesiology is important for noninvasive, mobile and expeditious assessment of trauma patients. In addition, further large-scale studies are needed to investigate how point of care ultrasound impacts outcomes in trauma patients.


Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine