Aortic dissection is easily missed, carries a high mortality and should be on the differential of any patient with shock, abdo pain or chest pain. Contrary to popular belief the entire aorta can be imaged via transthoracic and abdominal ultrasound. Let’s start with some anatomy
Q2. Does SV respond to fluid, vasopressors or inotropes?
In Q1 we saw how to measure stroke volume (SV). Q2 helps us manage someone with an inappropriately low SV. Pressors, fluids and inotropes are all treatment options. If If used correctly, they will ↑SV. If not, they won’t, and they may even be harmful.
@iceman_ex@avkwong Really interesting study. Before I read it I assumed that 'physiological assessment' would be lots of fluid responsiveness assessment and then filling to an unresponsive (pathological) state. In fact a lot of ultrasound was used. And there was no difference in fluid administered
@iceman_ex@avkwong So why did US not help? Echo doesn't tell you whether there is hypovolaemia or not. A hyperdynamic heart is a feature of low venous return which is more often from venoplegia than hypovolaemia. Echo cannot distinguish between these.
Apr 22, 2020 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Let's talk about fluids in COVID. @iceman_ex@Wilkinsonjonny@ThinkingCC@load_dependent
Early in the outbreak it was commonly advised to aim for a -ve fluid balance
More recently a higher than expected occurrence of AKI and RRT has been observed prompting calls for a more liberal fluid strategy.
All these miss the point about the type of fluid being administered