The use of point of care echocardiography by non-cardiologist in acute care settings such as the emergency department
(ED) or the intensive care unit (ICU) is very common. Unlike diagnostic echocardiography, the scope of such
point of care exams is often restricted to address the clinical questions raised by the patient’s differential diagnosis or
chief complaint in order to inform immediate management decisions. In this article, an overview of the most common applications
of this focused echocardiography in the ED and ICU is provided. This includes but is not limited to the evaluation
of patients experiencing hypotension, cardiac arrest, cardiac trauma, chest pain and patients after cardiac surgery.
Keywords: Echocardiography, emergency department, ICU, point of care, ultrasound, Non-cardiologist, HYPOTENSIVE PATIENT, emergency department, TEE, CCPs
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