The role of hand-held ultrasound for cardiopulmonary assessment during a pandemic

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are likely to see a significant increase in the requests for rapid assessment of cardiac function, due to the frequent pre-existence of cardiac pathologies in patients admitted to hospital, and to the emergence of specific cardiac manifestations of this infection, such as myocarditis, sepsis related cardiomyopathy, stress induced cardiomyopathy and acute coronary syndromes. Hand-held, point-of-care ultrasound (HH-POCUS) is particularly suited for the provision of rapid, focused, integrated assessments of the heart and lungs. We present a review of the indications and protocols for focused HH-POCUS use in an acute setting and formulate proposals for streamlining their application in the COVID-19 context towards guiding optimum management of these patients while at the same time allowing adherence to robust infection control measures to provide safety to both the patient and our clinical staff.


  • Mohammed Y. Khanji
  • Fabrizio Ricci
  • Riyaz S. Patel
  • Anwar A. Chahal
  • Sanjeev Bhattacharyya
  • Victor Galusko
  • Jagat Narula
  • Adrian Ionescu
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • St Bartholomew's Hospital
  • Queen Mary University
  • University of Chieti-Pescara
  • Mayo Clinic Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • King's College Hospital
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Swansea Bay University Health Board

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Kardiologi


TidskriftProgress in cardiovascular diseases
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2020 jul 10
Peer review utfördJa