Journal article

Point of care ultrasound for basic haemodynamic assessment: novice compared with an expert operator

CF Royse, JL Seah, L Donelan, AG Royse

ANAESTHESIA | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2006

Abstract

Miniaturization of ultrasound equipment has led to the development of hand-held echocardiography devices suitable for bedside evaluation of cardiac function. Basic assessment of the haemodynamic state can be performed using a limited transthoracic echocardiography examination. This study evaluated a third generation device (SonoSite Titan) used by novice and expert operators. Limited transthoracic examination was performed on 30 healthy volunteers by an expert and a novice operator. The novice had performed 10 studies prior to data accrual. Agreement analysis was performed using weighted least products regression and Bland-Altman analysis. Acceptable results for the novice were achieved foll..

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