Basic Echo

Part 1

Part 2



    • Penetrating trauma
    • Chest pain and/or shortness of breath
    • Hypotension
    • Hypoxia
    • Tachycardia
    • Abnormal EKG
    • Guidance of pericardiocentesis
    • Confirmation of transvenous pacing wire placement

Clinical Questions

    • Is there a pericardial effusion?
    • Is the LV systolic function normal?
    • Is there cardiac activity?


Limited Transthoracic Echocardiogram performed by me:
Indication: Chest Pain/Shortness of breath, rule out pericardial effusion/CHF
Pericardium: No effusion
Cardiac: Normal contraction
Image archived in the medical record

Recommended Reading

    • Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Vol 1 & Vol 2
      • Chapter 2: Basic Cardiac
      • Chapter 16: Echocardiographic Assessment of Cardiac Output and Ejection Fraction
      • Chapter 17: Right Heart
      • Chapter 12: Fluid Responsiveness
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