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ICU Ultrasound: The Coming Boom

Gregory A. Schmidt, MD, FCCP
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Correspondence to: Gregory A. Schmidt, MD, FCCP, 200 Hawkins Dr, C33-GH, Iowa City, IA 52246; e-mail: gregory-a-schmidt@uiowa.edu

Dr. Schmidt is Professor of Medicine, University of Iowa.


The author has reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;135(6):1407-1408. doi:10.1378/chest.09-0502
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In this issue of CHEST (see page 1416), Melamed and colleagues1 report their experience in having intensivists perform limited bedside echocardiography. They trained intensivists for 6 h to use a hand-carried device and studied their accuracy in judging left ventricular (LV) systolic function. The “gold standard” was formal transthoracic echocardiography performed by certified sonographers and interpreted by experienced cardiologist echocardiographers. Intensivists acquired and interpreted their own images in < 10 min. There was excellent concordance regarding LV function. Occasionally, intensivists overestimated LV function but never misclassified severe LV dysfunction as normal.

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