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21 Jun
What are the key clinical questions about haemodynamics that ultrasound can answer?

@icmteaching, @wilkinsonjonny and I are going to take you through the 10 most important…

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Q1. Is stroke volume abnormal?

#FUSIC #echofirst #POCUS #ultrasound #haemodynamics
Despite shock being such an important diagnosis, intensive care clinicians are rubbish at detecting a low or high cardiac output (CO) clinically.

Sensitivity of detecting cardiac index (CI) < 2 clinically in this study was 0!…
From an apical 5- or 3-chamber view we can use PW Doppler to assess the velocity time integral (VTI) in the LVOT to determine blood flow.

Essentially, LVOT VTI is the average distance travelled by ejected blood during one contraction...

It is also known as stroke distance.
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