The lungs were clear on auscultation, with normal breath sounds
12-lead ECG showed sinus tachycardia, “S 1 Q 3 T 3 ” pattern & RBBB Chest x-ray : normal CBC, Urea & electrolytes were normal
A presumptive diagnosis of massive pulmonary embolism was made.
At 12:15 p.m seen by Dr. Saad & bed side ECHO done
Dr Saad ECHO Daignosis Discussed with the neurosurgeon and started on streptokinase 1.5 million units, over one hour. Events during streptokinase infusion. Hypotension & bradycardia Severe biventricular dysfunction ------- adrenaline infusion Improvement in biventricular function, pulse rate & blood pressure D/C of adrenaline infusion Maintenance of normal B.P Recovery of RT ventricular function
Diagnosis: Massive PE-induced cardiac arrest + right heart thrombi-in-transit
Time from clinical suspicion to thrombolytic therapy : 20 min.
Transthoracic ECHO was done at the bedside in critically ill patients Performed by the clinician who has complete knowledge of the patient’s current clinical status Immediately established the diagnosis and directed towards the appropriate intervention.
POLICY STATEMENT Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines Approved October 2008
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound in the Emergent Setting: A Consensus Statement of the American Society of Echocardiography and American College of Emergency Physicians J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2010;23:1225-30.
Bedside Applications of Ultrasound Cleveland Clinic February 2013
Introduction It was unimaginable 100 years ago to be able to draw a picture from sound.
Similarly it was written in “The Times” in 1834: “The medical profession was unlikely ever to start using the stethoscope because its beneficial application requires much time and gives a good bit of trouble.”
Ultrasound, which is our future stethoscope, has passed through the same story, as the medical community was initially reluctant to use it for diagnosing life-threatening conditions by nonradiologists.
Early ultrasonography machines were bulky and their use was confined to imaging laboratories.
Compact and portable ultrasound machines that provide excellent image quality
Has resulted in profusion of bedside applications
The concept of an ultrasound stethoscope is becoming a reality.
Ultrasonography has been widely used in cardiology, radiology, obstetrics, and emergency medicine.
More recently, its use has become more widespread in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Bedside Applications in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Ultrasonography conducted at the bedside by a clinician, known as point-of-care ultrasonography, dates back more than twenty years, but has come to prominence in the last 5-7 years and is spreading quickly.
Has 2 primary uses in pulmonary and critical care medicine:
Procedural guidance Rapid bedside diagnosis in critically ill patients
Ultrasound-guided procedures Some of the common ultrasound-guided procedures performed in the critical care unit include
Establishing vascular access and monitoring catheters
Ultrasound guided crycothyrotomy and tracheostomy
Confirmation of transvenous pacing wire placement
Diagnostic applications of Point-of- care ultrasound In contrast, to formal ultrasound; is performed by the clinician who is currently caring for the patient and who has complete knowledge of the patient’s current clinical status.
Interpretation of the ultrasound images and immediate clinical decisions are made by the clinician conducting the imaging study, thereby enabling rapid intervention and assessment.
The dynamic nature of the techniques and ability to repeat an examination rapidly, as needed without waiting on an imaging specialist to perform the examination and interpret it, allows the individual intensivist to monitor patient progress and effects of therapeutic interventions.
Advantages point-of-care ultrasound Fast Performed at the bedside Non-invasive Immediate results Repeatable Nonexpensive without the risk of radiation
Interstitial syndrome Pulmonary edema of various causes Interstitial pneumonia or pneumonitis Diffuse parenchymal lung disease (pulmonary fibrosis)
The four chest areas per side considered for complete eightzone lung ultrasound examination. These areas are used to evaluate for the presence of interstitial syndrome.
Focused (goal-directed) echo Since its inception over 60 years ago, echocardiography has remained largely the province of the cardiologist, providing a tool to evaluate anatomical and physiological abnormalities of the heart.
In recent years, the application of echocardiography has extended to the diagnosis and monitoring of the critically ill patients in the general intensive care unit --------------> Goal-directed Echo
Transthoracic Echo, performed at the patient’s bedside and interpreted by the treating intensivist to answer specific clinical questions.
The principal role for FOCUS is the time-sensitive assessment of the symptomatic patient.
Clinical Indications for Focused Echo Hypotension/Shock Dyspnea/Shortness of Breath Chest pain Cardiac Trauma Cardiac Arrest
Goals of the Focused echo in the Emergent Setting Assessment of global cardiac systolic function and contractility
Cardiac arrest Successful resuscitation requires potentially reversible causes to be diagnosed and reversed, and many of these can readily be diagnosed using echocardiography.
Periresuscitation echocardiography provides the only realtime bedside diagnostic tool that can diagnose some of the potentially reversible causes of cardiac arrest and can be regarded as analogous to pulse oximetry or ECG monitoring.
Focused echocardiography can be performed within the time frame allowed during the pulse check of the advanced life support (ALS) algorithm.
In screening patients with suspected aortic dissection
Conclusion While intensivist performed bedside ultrasonography in pulmonary critical care medicine is in the early stages of development, the evidence for its potential benefits continues to accumulate.
Ultrasound appears to be a safe, non- invasive, and non-ionizing imaging modality that can be taken to the bedside of a hemodynamically unstable patient to facilitate therapy and to evaluate its efficacy
Echocardiography using the transthoracic approach is of great value in the critical care setting because of its portability, widespread availability, and rapid diagnostic capability.
Many studies have demonstrated the value of focused echocardiography in the assessment of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit and emergency room settings.
There is a need for more involvement by intensivists in performing focused echocardiographic studies as this modality has been well shown to improve patient care.
Focused training with the transthoracic approach should be offered to all intensivists.
This is an essential facet of critical care education that we can and should help spearhead.
In fact, a time may be coming when much of the evaluation of a critically ill patient is performed not with a stethoscope and physical examination but rather point-of- care ultrasound following a set of symptom based scanning protocols.
The bottom line is that the ability to make echocariographically guided assessments in the middle of the night while treating a critically ill patient is an invaluable addition to the art of the practice.
Should a hand-carried ultrasound machine (visual stethoscope) become standard equipment for every intensivist ?
While over years guidelines listed CPR as a contraindication for thrombolysis, newer guidelines recommend to consider thrombolysis therapy during CPR in patients with proven or suspected pulmonary embolism Eur Heart J 21: 1301–1336 2000
The long-established fear of increased bleeding complications with thrombolytic use after prolonged and vigorous CPR efforts has been confidently dispelled. Am J Cardiol 1992;69:724-8. Intensive Care Med 2001;27:1050-7. Resuscitation 2003;57:49-55. ALS guidelines 2005
The guidelines by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) state that thrombolytic therapy during CPR is no longer contraindicated. Circulation 2004;110:588-636.
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