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Transthoracic echocardiography probe in an anesthesiologist’s hand: utility in the operating room
Anesth Pain Med 2016;11(4):337-44
Published online October 31, 2016
© 2016 The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists.

Gyu-Sam Hwang
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Laboratory for Cardiovascular Dynamics, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Gyu-Sam Hwang, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Laboratory for Cardiovascular Dynamics, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 88, Olympic-ro 43-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul 05505, Korea. Tel: 82-2-3010- 3868, Fax: 82-2-470-1363, E-mail: kshwang@amc.seoul.kr
Received August 1, 2016; Accepted August 4, 2016.
cc This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract

With increased availability and feasibility of bedside sonography, point-of-care ultrasonography is a rapidly developing field in many fields of emergency and intensive care medicine. Although anesthesiologists frequently encounter severe hypotension and hypoxia in the operating room and the recovery room, standardized education programs for anesthesiologists regarding bedside transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) do not exist. Compared to transesophageal echocardiography, TTE is completely noninvasive, faster, and it is relatively easier to obtain images therefore, rapid interpretation and diagnosis is possible. In this review, differential diagnosis of severe hypotension with a basic view of TTE is introduced. Anesthesiologists should be encouraged to learn TTE, and thus, they can make quick and accurate decisions about the unclear and unknown causes of severe hypotension and hypoxia.

Key Words : Monitoring, Transthoracic echocadiography


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