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BACKGROUND Focused transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is frequently used perioperatively for hemodynamic monitoring and diagnosis of cardiovascular instability, but less commonly intraoperatively. METHODS To evaluate the feasibility of intraoperative TTE, we enrolled 222 anesthetised patients from August to November 2012 into a prospective observational(More)
BACKGROUND The intraoperative application of focused transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is often considered to be restricted. Echocardiography with pocket-sized hand held ultrasound systems has been shown to be feasible in various settings. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of the intraoperative application of(More)
Introduction. The use of ultrasound during resuscitation is emphasized in the latest European resuscitation council guidelines of 2013 to identify treatable conditions such as pericardial tamponade. The recommended standard treatment of tamponade in various guidelines is pericardiocentesis. As ultrasound guidance lowers the complication rates and increases(More)
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