The ICM research agenda on critical care ultrasonography
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Critical care ultrasonography has utility for the diagnosis and management of critical illness and is in widespread use by frontline intensivists. As there is a need for research to validate and extend its utility, the Editor of Intensive Care Medicine included critical care ultrasonography as a topic in the ICM Research Agenda issue.
Eleven international experts in the field of critical care ultrasonography contributed to the writing project. With the intention of developing a research agenda for the field, they reviewed best standards of care, new advances in the field, common beliefs that have been contradicted by recent trials, and unanswered questions related to critical care ultrasonography.
The writing group focused on the provision of training in critical care ultrasonography, technological advances, and some specific clinical applications.
The writing group identified several fields of interest for research and proposed ten research studies that would address important aspects of critical care ultrasonography.
KeywordsUltrasonography Transesophageal Echocardiography Research Training
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest for this article.
Video 1: Severe acute cor pulmonale by TTE in a patient ventilated for ARDS. The apical 4-chamber view demonstrates a major dilatation of the right ventricle; the short axis view demonstrates a paradoxical septal motion. The left ventricle is hyperkinetic (MPG 4150 kb)
Video 5: Long axis view of the superior vena cava from the upper esophageal view combining 2D-imaging (right image) and time-motion study (left image) in a patient in shock under volume-controlled ventilation with hypovolemia. There is collapse of the vessel during tidal ventilation, indicating a high probability of fluid responsiveness. The airway pressure trace is visualized in green on the screen of the echo machineb (MPG 1889 kb)
Video 6: Long axis view of the inferior vena cava from the subcostal view using transthoracic echocardiography combining 2D-imaging (lower image) and time-motion study (upper image) in a patient in shock under volume-controlled ventilation with hypovolemia. There is significant dilatation of the vessel during tidal ventilation, suggesting fluid-responsiveness. The airway pressure trace is visualized in white on the screen of the echo machine (MPG 2596 kb)
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