Point-of-care lung ultrasound in critically ill patients.

Point-of-care lung ultrasound in critically ill patients. Rev Recent Clin Trials. 2017 Sep 11;: Authors: Shrestha GS, Weeratunga D, Baker K Abstract Lung ultrasound is increasingly being used by the bedside physicians to complement the findings of physical examination. Lung ultrasound is non-invasive, devoid of radiation exposure and can be performed rapidly and repeatedly as needed at bedside. The diagnostic accuracy of lung ultrasound for common conditions like pleural effusion, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema and pneumonia is superior to chest radiograph and is comparable to chest CT scan. Lung ultrasound is helpful to evaluate the progress of lung pathology and response to treatment, over time. Ultrasound guidance for thoracocentesis decreases the complication rates. These together make lung ultrasound a valuable bedside armamentarium for physicians in critical care and emergency settings. This review aims to elucidate the evidence base and the future directions for bedside point-of-care lung ultrasound in critically ill patients. PMID: 28901850 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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