CME 17/10/2013: Ultrasound use in SHOCK

A presentation highlighting the usefulness of US in the assessment and management of a patient with shock. Ultrasound can be used as an extension of your physical examination to help determine the cause/s of shock. Ultrasound is also useful in monitoring response to IV fluid loading in patients with actual (hypovolaemic) or relative (distributive) intravascular volume depletion. Note we encourage all emergency practitioners learning critical care ultrasound skills to undertake a basic course in ultrasound and to make use of the several highly trained emergency sonographers to supervise their practice of these skills (please see our page “Ultrasound – where do I start?“)

Dr James Wheeler
Dr James Wheeler

Emergency Physician, SCGH, WA, Australia

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