Use of echocardiography and modalities of patient monitoring of trauma patients

Roopa Kohli-Seth, Tzvi Neuman, Rakesh Sinha, Adel Bassily-Marcus

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Purpose of review: Trauma patients require evaluation of the anatomic structure as well as the hemodynamic profile of the heart to improve effectiveness of resuscitation. They are prone to hemodynamic instability and must be monitored with various modalities to detect deterioration early. Newer, less invasive ultrasound technologies are replacing familiar 'gold standard' modalities of the past. This article reviews the indications, roles, imaging approaches, and limitations of modern echocardiography. A brief review of other ICU monitoring modalities is also presented. Recent findings: Echocardiography has emerged as a first-line diagnostic tool for assessment of trauma patients, especially those with hemodynamic compromise. It yields crucial information about structural damage as well as the hemodynamic profile and can be performed through either the transesophageal or transthoracic route. Quick and systematic use of echocardiography for diagnosis and management of critically injured patients may lead to improved outcomes. Summary: Echocardiography plays an important role in the trauma bay for diagnosis of thoracic injury and at the bedside in the ICU for evaluation of the hemodynamic profile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Echocardiography
  • ICU monitoring
  • Trauma


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