Bedside ultrasonography in the ICU: part 2

Chest. 2005 Sep;128(3):1766-81. doi: 10.1378/chest.128.3.1766.


This is the second of a two-part review on the application of bedside ultrasonography in the ICU. In this part, the following procedures will be covered: (1) echocardiography and cardiovascular diagnostics (second part); (2) the use of bedside ultrasound to facilitate central-line placement and to aid in the care of patients with pleural effusions and intra-abdominal fluid collections; (3) the role of hand-carried ultrasound in the ICU; and (4) the performance of bedside ultrasound by the intensivist. The safety and utility of bedside ultrasonography performed by adequately trained intensivists has now been well demonstrated. This technology, as a powerful adjunct to the physical examination, will become an indispensable tool in the management of critically ill patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ascitic Fluid / diagnostic imaging*
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / methods*
  • Critical Care / methods
  • Diagnostic Techniques, Cardiovascular
  • Echocardiography / methods
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Pleural Effusion / diagnostic imaging*
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*