Category: Critical Care
Keywords: thoracic ultrasound, critically ill, ICU, clinical management (PubMed Search)
The Impact of Thoracic Ultrasound on Clinical Management of Critically Ill Patients (UltraMan): An International Prospective Observational Study
Settings: 4 hospitals (3 in Netherlands and 1 in Italy)
Participants: All adults patients who were admitted to the ICU but patients who died within 8 hours of thoracic ultrasound were excluded.
Thoracic ultrasound procedure: cardiac, lung, diaphragm, inferior vena cava. The main indicators were Respiratory, Cardiac and Volume status.
725 thoracic ultrasound examinations and 534 patients. Clinical management occurred in 247 (88.5%) patients within 8 hours of ultrasound.
Thoracic ultrasound was performed by 111 operators, ranging from inexperienced to very experienced.
Common findings from thoracic ultrasound among these ICU patients.
Conclusion: Thoracic ultrasound provided a significant change in management of critically ill patients.
Heldeweg MLA, Lopez Matta JE, Pisani L, Slot S, Haaksma ME, Smit JM, Mousa A, Magnesa G, Massaro F, Touw HRW, Schouten V, Elzo Kraemer CV, van Westerloo DJ, Heunks LMA, Tuinman PR. The Impact of Thoracic Ultrasound on Clinical Management of Critically Ill Patients (UltraMan): An International Prospective Observational Study. Crit Care Med. 2022 Dec 23. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000005760. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36562620.