Point-of-care ultrasound in cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a concise review


Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is a widely used tool in critical care areas, allowing for the performance of accurate diagnoses and thus enhancing the decision-making process. Every major organ or system can be safely evaluated with POCUS. In that respect, the utility of POCUS in cardiac arrest is gaining interest. In this article, we will review the actual role of ultrasound in cardiac arrest and the main POCUS protocols focused to this scenario as well as discuss the potential role of POCUS in monitoring the efficacy of the chest compressions.


La diagnostica ecografica (point-of-care ultrasound, POCUS) è uno strumento ampiamente utilizzato nelle aree di terapia intensiva e rianimazione, dove consente di ottenere diagnosi accurate e di migliorare il processo decisionale. Ogni grande organo o sistema puo’ essere tranquillamente esaminato con POCUS. In questo ambito, l’utilità del POCUS nei casi di arresto cardiaco sta riscuotendo un interesse crescente. In questo articolo passeremo in rassegna l’effettivo ruolo degli ultrasuoni nei casi di arresto cardico ed i principali protocolli POCUS mirati a questo scenario. Trattaremo inoltre il potenziale ruolo del POCUS nel monitoraggio dell’efficacia delle compressioni toraciche.

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Blanco, P., Martínez Buendía, C. Point-of-care ultrasound in cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a concise review. J Ultrasound 20, 193–198 (2017).

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  • Point-of-care
  • Ultrasound
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation