Influence of hand-carried ultrasound on bedside patient treatment decisions for consultative cardiology.
To test the hypothesis that hand-carried ultrasound (HCU) may influence patient treatment on consultative cardiology rounds, 235 patients who were hospitalized (aged 65 +/- 10 years) were studied. First, routine treatment decisions regarding diagnostic workup and therapy were made from patient history, physical examination, 12-lead electrocardiogram, and chart data. Second, a goal-directed HCU study was performed infunction, wall thickness, and presence of pericardial effusion, followed by a reassessment of treatment decisions. HCU data influenced treatment decisions in 149 patients (63%); 50% had a change in medical therapy and 22% had a change in their diagnostic workup (most with changes in both). In all, 12 patients (5%) had an immediate change in the decision for cardiac catheterization or pericardiocentesis. Overall agreement for the above findings with subsequent full-size system echocardiography ranged from 92% to 100% (kappa 0.91-0.96). Goal-directed HCU has the potential to influence bedside patient treatment decisions and expedite health care.
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Gorcsan, J., 3rd, Pandey, P., & Sade, L. E. (2004). Influence of hand-carried ultrasound on bedside patient treatment decisions for consultative cardiology. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography, 17(1), 50–55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.echo.2003.10.005
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine