TITLE

Focused Echocardiography in Life Support: The Subcostal Window

AUTHOR(S)
Breitkreutz, Raoul; Walcher, Felix; Ilper, Hendrik; Seeger, Florian H.; Price, Susanna; Via, Gabriele; Steiger, Holger
PUB. DATE
August 2009
SOURCE
European Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery;Aug2009, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p347
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Focused echocardiography evaluation in life support (FEEL) for emergency and critical caremedicine is an innovative approach to introducing limited-in-scope echocardiography in a timely fashion into periresuscitation care. FEEL is an advanced life support-conformed concept and a simple procedure that can be readily used in shock roomor pre-hospital scenarios as an extension of focused abdominal sonography for trauma (FAST). The subcostal window plays a pivotal role in this context, because it can easilybe applied inthesupine position, and is usually better than other windows in patients with mechanical ventilation or during resuscitation maneuvers. Most information can be obtained at a glance. As the FAST exam was not developed for implementation in resuscitation or cardiac arrest procedures, herewedescribe an accurate and easymethod that allows non-cardiologists to add FEEL to the FAST exam. As a result, it conforms to actual resuscitation guidelines. To perform the FEEL procedure and the subcostal window, a specific training seems to bemandatory. The aim of this paper is to set special emphasis on the use of the subcostal window.
ACCESSION #
43830511

 

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