Is the Echo Pulse Check DNR

Examining the Utility of Cardiac Ultrasound During Cardiac Arrest

Peer reviewed by Ben Smith, MD 3/23/23

Cardiac POCUS can be dramatically useful and life-saving in cardiac arrest. I like to think about it in three different broad categories: Procedural, identifying reversible causes, and guiding therapy.  This video isn’t a discussion regarding its utility for procedures or diagnosing reversible causes, but it is talking about how maybe the echo pulse check is not the best way to assess for adequate perfusion during pulse checks.  Terren Trott, MD and I discuss our thoughts on two articles demonstrating how carotid and femoral artery ultrasound can be utilized during pulse checks.  Check out the publications we will be discussing on Pubmed: PMIDs 35131404 and 35792305.

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