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Bedside Ultrasonography in the ICU*: Part 2

Yanick Beaulieu, MD; Paul E. Marik, MD, FCCP
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*From the Division of Cardiology and Critical Care (Dr. Beaulieu), Hôpital Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada; and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr. Marik), Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.

Correspondence to: Yanick Beaulieu, MD, Division of Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine, Hôpital Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, 5400 boul. Gouin O., Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H4J 1C5; e-mail: ybeaulieu71@videotron.ca



Chest. 2005;128(3):1766-1781. doi:10.1378/chest.128.3.1766
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This is the second of a two-part review on the application of bedside ultrasonography in the ICU. In this part, the following procedures will be covered: (1) echocardiography and cardiovascular diagnostics (second part); (2) the use of bedside ultrasound to facilitate central-line placement and to aid in the care of patients with pleural effusions and intra-abdominal fluid collections; (3) the role of hand-carried ultrasound in the ICU; and (4) the performance of bedside ultrasound by the intensivist. The safety and utility of bedside ultrasonography performed by adequately trained intensivists has now been well demonstrated. This technology, as a powerful adjunct to the physical examination, will become an indispensable tool in the management of critically ill patients.

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