Focused cardiac ultrasound in the emergent setting: a consensus statement of the American Society of Echocardiography and American College of Emergency Physicians

J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2010 Dec;23(12):1225-30. doi: 10.1016/j.echo.2010.10.005.


The use of ultrasound has developed over the last 50 years into an indispensable first-line test for the cardiac evaluation of symptomatic patients. The technologic miniaturization and improvement in transducer technology, as well as the implementation of educational curriculum changes in residency training programs and specialty practice, have facilitated the integration of focused cardiac ultrasound into practice by specialties such as emergency medicine. In the emergency department, focused cardiac ultrasound has become a fundamental tool to expedite the diagnostic evaluation of the patient at the bedside and to initiate emergent treatment and triage decisions by the emergency physician.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Volume / physiology*
  • Cardiac Pacing, Artificial*
  • Cardiomegaly / diagnostic imaging*
  • Chest Pain / diagnostic imaging
  • Chest Pain / etiology
  • Curriculum
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dyspnea / diagnostic imaging
  • Dyspnea / etiology
  • Echocardiography / instrumentation*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Electrodes, Implanted*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Heart Arrest / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart Arrest / etiology
  • Heart Atria / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart Failure, Systolic / diagnostic imaging*
  • Heart Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart Ventricles / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Hypotension / diagnostic imaging
  • Hypotension / etiology
  • Internship and Residency
  • Pericardial Effusion / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pericardiocentesis / instrumentation*
  • Radiology Information Systems
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Shock, Cardiogenic / diagnostic imaging
  • Societies, Medical
  • Thoracic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional / instrumentation*
  • United States
  • Venous Pressure / physiology