Evaluation of Hypotension
Identification of the etiology of hypotension is essential to early appropriate management of these critically ill patients. In these patients, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) makes diagnostic information rapidly available. One advantage of POCUS is that it is fast. It can be performed at the bedside as soon as shock or hypotension is identified. Hemodynamically unstable patients do not have to leave the clinical setting for diagnostic testing, allowing them to be monitored appropriately. Beyond its diagnostic utility, POCUS may be used dynamically to guide treatment such as fluid administration and to guide procedures like pericardiocentesis and central access.
KeywordsHemodynamically unstable Critical care Hypotension RUSH ACES FAST
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