Echocardiography in the ICU and OR: Basic and Advanced Applications
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) may improve intraoperative decision-making and patient outcome if it is performed and interpreted correctly. It is a very important tool during cardiac surgery with a significant impact on surgical care and anesthesia management. In 1999 the American Society of Echocardiography/Society of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologists task force published guidelines for performing a comprehensive intraoperative TOE examination.
It is very important to know indication and avoid possible complication induced by the TEE examination. In the last 20 years, this procedure has improved outcomes in cardiac surgery patients.
KeywordsTEE (transesophageal echocardiography) ASA/SCA (American Society of Echocardiography/Society of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologists)
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