Echocardiography for Intensivists

Echocardiography for intensivistsBy

  • Armando Sarti, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Florence, Italy
  • F. Luca Lorini, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

Echocardiography has become an invaluable tool in intensive care medicine because of its ease of use and instantaneous provision of precise information on cardiovascular functional anatomy at the bedside. This book contains all the information that readers will require in order to perform echocardiography and lung ultrasound, and to interpret the findings correctly, permitting optimal guidance of the hemodynamic management of unstable patients. Furthermore, lung ultrasound is dealt with for both diagnosis and treatment of respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation.

After an introductory chapter on the essential physics of ultrasonography, standard echocardiographic examination via both the transthoracic and the transesophageal approach is described. In the third section, the functional anatomy of all normal and pathologic thoracic structures as observed on echocardiography is presented in detail. A wide range of basic and advanced applications of echocardiography in the emergency and intensive care setting are then described. A final supplementary section considers further applications of ultrasound in the intensive care unit, such as ultrasound-guided vein cannulation, Doppler renal evaluation, transcranial Doppler, and lung and pleural ultrasound.

  • Few books are written specifically for the intensivist
  • Section D is highly original since it offers goal-directed and focus-oriented ICU echocardiography
  • Numerous step-by-step algorithms help the reader with hands-on ICU applications

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