Doppler Echocardiography in ICU Patients: Does it Improve Outcome?

  • J. Poelaert
Conference paper


Modern haemodynamic management at the bedside obliges the use of a highly effective tool with instantaneous availability, flexibility and access to extensive information when needed. Echocardiography provides immediate bedside information about the haemodynamics of the ICU patient, in particular when haemodynamic deterioration occurs. Both morphological and haemodynamic features can be diagnosed instantly and related to clinical practice. In the ICU, this tool is used as a functional haemodynamic monitoring device offering on-line information on systolic function and pre- and afterload of both left and right ventricles


Right Ventricle Stroke Volume Variation Regurgitant Flow Normal Left Ventricular Systolic Function Right Ventricle Failure 
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