Ultrasound Evaluation of Shock and Volume Status in the Intensive Care Unit

  • Keith Corl
  • Sameer Shah
  • Eric GartmanEmail author
Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM)


Point-of-care ultrasound can be utilized in an algorithmic approach to the patient with undifferentiated shock. Within minutes, a focused ultrasonographic exam can aid in the clinical classification of the patient, allowing appropriate further testing and treatment to be initiated. In this chapter, we illustrate a protocol for the ultrasound evaluation of shock and also discuss the evidence for the use of ultrasonography in the assessment of intravascular volume status.


Inferior Vena Cava Central Venous Pressure Fluid Responsiveness Predict Fluid Responsiveness Inferior Vena Cava Diameter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep MedicineRhode Island HospitalProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep MedicineRhode Island HospitalProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  4. 4.Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep MedicineMemorial Hospital of Rhode IslandPawtucketUSA

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