Journal article

Audit of anaesthetist-performed echocardiography on perioperative management decisions for non-cardiac surgery

DJ Canty, CF Royse

British Journal of Anaesthesia | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Intraoperative transoesophageal echocardiography is increasingly used for guiding intraoperative management decisions during non-cardiac surgery. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) equipment and training is becoming more available to anaesthetists, and its point-of-care application may facilitate real-time haemodynamic management and preoperative screening. METHODS: We conducted an audit of transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiograms, performed by an anaesthetist at a tertiary referral centre over a 9-month period, to identify the effect of echocardiography on clinical decision-making in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery. The indications for echocardiography follow..

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