Utility of ultrasound in resuscitation

  • Juan David Pérez-Coronado Resident in Anesthesiology, Fundación Cardioinfantil, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Germán Andrés Franco-Gruntorad Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist, Fundación Cardioinfantil, Bogotá, Colombia
Keywords: Ultrasonics, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Cardiac tamponade, Stroke volume, Ventricular dysfunction Right


Ultrasound has become a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for critical situations. This article reviews the development of ultrasound with respect to critical events and its impact on reducing morbidity and mortality from abdominal and chest trauma, on the recognition of reversible causes of pulseless electrical activity, on decision-making in acute respiratory failure, and on predicting survival and reducing complications associated with invasive procedures. We revised how ultrasounds performed by non-experts with a minimum of training and focused on recognizing specific situations have a good degree of correlation with expert conducted ultrasounds. Some protocols of ultrasound in resuscitation described in the literature are reviewed and a description is made of the most relevant variables in critical situations, including left ventricular function, volume responsiveness, cardiac tamponade, right ventricular dilatation, and pulmonary evaluation.


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Pérez-Coronado JD, Franco-Gruntorad GA. Utility of ultrasound in resuscitation. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2015 Oct. 1 [cited 2024 Apr. 20];43(4):321–330. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/355


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Pérez-Coronado JD, Franco-Gruntorad GA. Utility of ultrasound in resuscitation. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2015 Oct. 1 [cited 2024 Apr. 20];43(4):321–330. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/355
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