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Feasibility, Safety, and Utility of Advanced Critical Care Transesophageal Echocardiography Performed by Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellows in a Medical ICU

Feasibility, Safety, and Utility of Advanced Critical Care Transesophageal Echocardiography Performed by Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellows in a Medical ICU

Critical care transesophageal echocardiography is feasible, safe, and has clinical utility. It can be safely and effectively performed by fellows within the context of their critical care training with faculty supervision. Pulmonary critical care fellowship training programs should consider introducing critical care transesophageal echocardiography as a useful clinical tool. The examination was feasible in all patients in whom it was attempted, and there were no complications of the procedure. New or actionable findings were identified in 43 (28%) studies, and 109 (72%) studies confirmed the initial clinical diagnosis. The findings resulted in a change in clinical management in 58 (38%) patients.

CriticalCare.news
April 13, 2019

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