Article

Comparison of lung ultrasound with transpulmonary thermodilution in assessing extra-vascular lung water

DOI: 10.1080/22201181.2016.1216663
Author(s): Jody G DavidsFaculty of Health Sciences, Department of Anaesthesiology, South Africa, Edwin W TurtonFaculty of Health Sciences, Department of Anaesthesiology, South Africa, Jacques E RaubenheimerFaculty of Health Sciences, Department of Biostatistics, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Increased extra-vascular lung water (EVLW) is common in critical care and correlates with the severity of acute lung injury, length of intensive care unit stay and mortality. Lung ultrasound (LUS) can assess EVLW by determining the amount of ‘B-lines’: artefacts signifying alveolar-interstitial oedema. This study’s aim was to determine whether EVLW estimation with the help of LUS correlates with the more accurate PiCCO2® cardiac output system utilising transpulmonary thermodilution.

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