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<< Diagnostic Emergency Ultrasound: Assessment Techniques In The Pediatric Patient

Emergency Department Evaluation With Ultrasound

Cardiac Ultrasound

Echocardiography has long been used to improve the care of patients with cardiac pathologies as well as to monitor and manage hemodynamically unstable patients.31-33 Focused echocardiography is used by emergency clinicians and intensive care physicians to guide therapy. The 2014 International Conference on Focused Cardiac UltraSound by the International Liaison Committee on Focused Cardiac UltraSound strongly recommended that focused cardiac ultrasound should be used in pediatric patients in cardiac arrest as well as in the evaluation of cardiac function, pericardial effusion, relative chamber sizes, valvular dysfunction, and volume status. They determined the evidence to be of moderate quality.34

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