Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Critical Care

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: July 31, 2022

Pages: 354 pages

ISBN: 9781911510994 Related titles:

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Point-of-care ultrasound has become a vital part of patient assessment in critical care units across the world. Its diagnostic sensitivity and specificity allow clinicians to accurately examine all major organ systems within a matter of minutes.
This book provides readers with a comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date practical guide to the use of POCUS in critical care, and features:

  • detailed descriptions of how to perform a multi-system POCUS examination and its advantages over traditional techniques
  • practical details of how to use POCUS in the assessment of shock, trauma and cardiac arrest
  • contributions from leading POCUS specialists
  • accreditation pathways
  • hundreds of images

The book is accompanied by an additional image and video clip library which will help readers better understand ultrasound and incorporate it into their daily practice.
Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Critical Care is an essential handbook for clinicians working in critical care and anaesthesia. This book is also useful for those working in emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and pre-hospital medicine. With POCUS likely to become a core competency in intensive care medicine over the coming years, this book is the perfect handbook for trainees.

An introduction to ultrasound
1. The evolution of critical care ultrasound – Luke Flower & Pradeep Madhivathanan
2. Basic ultrasound physics – Abhishek Jha & Pablo Rojas Zamora
3. Image optimization and artefacts – Elliot Smith

4. Focused versus advanced echocardiography – Angus McKnight & Stuart Gillon
5. Fundamentals of transthoracic echocardiography – Richard Fisher
6. Fundamentals of transoesophageal echocardiography – Dan Aston
7. Assessment of the left heart – Filippo Sanfilippo, Luigi La Via & Gianluca Paternoster
8. Assessment of the right heart – Sam Clark
9. Focused valvular assessment – Tim Keady & Sam Clark
10. Assessment of the pericardium and pericardiocentesis – Alejandra Ceballos, Julian Rios Rios & Pradeep Madhivathanan

Lung ultrasound
11. Fundamentals of point-of-care lung ultrasound – Hatem Soliman-Aboumarie & Luna Gargani
12. Lung and pleural pathology – Ashley Miller, Marcus Peck & Jonny Wilkinson
13. Ultrasound-guided thoracentesis – Chuen Khaw, Luke Flower & Jim Buckley

Abdominal ultrasound
14. Basic hepatic and biliary ultrasound – Jonny Wilkinson, Marcus Peck & Ashley Miller
15. Ultrasound assessment of the renal tract and bladder – Maryam Khosravi
16. Ultrasound-guided abdominal paracentesis – Charlotte Hateley & Arun Sivananthan

Vascular ultrasound
17. Basic aortic ultrasound – Jonny Wilkinson, Marcus Peck & Ashley Miller
18. Deep vein thrombosis scanning in critical care – Rosie Baruah, David Hall & Colum O’Hare
19. Ultrasound-guided venous access – Zdenek Bares

Neurological ultrasound
20. Transcranial Doppler and optic nerve sheath diameter – Manni Waraich
21. Ultrasound-guided spinal procedures – John Dick & Kay Mak

Airway ultrasound
22. Ultrasound to confirm airway placement and guide percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy – Adrian Wong

Situational ultrasound
23. POCUS in the assessment of shock – Ashraf Roshdy
24. POCUS assessment of fluid status – Olusegun Olusanya & Ashley Miller
25. POCUS in trauma – Dipak Mistry
26. POCUS in cardiac arrest – Luke Flower & Pradeep Madhivathanan
27. POCUS in intensive care unit acquired weakness – Sunil Patel & Zudin Puthucheary

Ultrasound education
28. Ultrasound education in critical care – Jonathan Aron & Sarah Morton


"With POCUS likely to become a core competency in ICM in the coming years, choosing a practical and easily accessible text is important.
This book is comprehensive but accessible, and it is clear the authors have tried hard to make it un-intimidating. I think they have succeeded! There are a great many of us who are unsure where to start with POCUS – FUSIC is a well-known, beautifully packaged programme for most. This book is small enough to put in your bag and will undoubtedly help you improve your practice, even if a mentor is not around.
The author list is a veritable rogues gallery of ultrascoundrels. Names such as Marcus Peck and Ashley Miller (co-chairs of the FUSIC committee) and Manni Waraich (neuro POCUS guru) reassure the reader that this is an absolute treasure trove of expert knowledge (in fact, many of the FUSIC committee are included in the list). There are over 40 contributors listed, each one bringing a career’s worth of expertise.
A highly useful book which has something for everyone, from beginner to advanced. One of the most comprehensive guides to all elements of critical care POCUS.... Even though there is a wealth of online material covering POCUS, sometimes there’s nothing like a book to refer to. I expect this will be a regular in my work bag."


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