Ultrasound-Guided Drainage Procedures for the Intensivist

  • Kathryn M. Tchorz


Ultrasound-guided procedures in the ICU have increased due to critical-care providers’ interest and expertise, the portability of newer ultrasound machines, and the availability of user-friendly percutaneous catheter kits. In addition, with the increasing demands for proper documentation – both for patient safety and financial reimbursement – ultrasound has emerged as an ideal imaging modality for several reasons. First, ultrasound is a portable imaging modality; with the advent of compact, hand-held machines, ultrasound is user-friendly and readily available, especially when caring for critically ill and injured patients. Second, ultrasound provides safe and painless imaging that may be readily utilized in pediatric and pregnant patients. Third, ultrasound imaging is easily repeatable; for example, residents, fellows, and nonphysician health-care providers (physician assistants and advanced practice nurses) within an academic environment can image, record, and submit copies for operator critique. The same idea holds true for a physician practicing in the private sector. Given our commitment to life-long learning in medicine, educational alliances with identified, local ultrasound experts may prove to be extremely rewarding.


Cardiac Tamponade Pigtail Catheter Piezoelectric Crystal Pulseless Electrical Activity Bedside Ultrasound 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryWright State University – Boonshoft School of MedicineDaytonUSA

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