The RUSH exam: Rapid Ultrasound in SHock in the evaluation of the critically lll

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2010 Feb;28(1):29-56, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2009.09.010.


The RUSH exam (Rapid Ultrasound in SHock examination), presented in this article, represents a comprehensive algorithm for the integration of bedside ultrasound into the care of the patient in shock. By focusing on a stepwise evaluation of the shock patient defined here as "Pump, Tank, and Pipes," clinicians will gain crucial anatomic and physiologic data to better care for these patients.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Aortic Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Echocardiography
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Jugular Veins / diagnostic imaging
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Shock / diagnostic imaging*
  • Venous Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging