Recently published study of Ma et al. evaluates two relatively novel measures of fluid responsiveness, carotid blood flow and corrected carotid flow time (ccFT). Both measures have been recently quoted as possibly useful, technically simple, and noninvasive dynamic tools in predicting fluid responsiveness. Recently, more research interest has been focused on ccFT and, intrigued by the data presented in this study, we discuss here the impact of the data presented in the paper of Ma et al. to the significance of this metric as a potential tool in the assessment of fluid responsiveness.
Keywords: Carotid corrected flow time; Corrected flow time; Critical care ultrasound; Fluid responsiveness; Shock.