Can Lung Ultrasound Be the First-Line Tool for Evaluation of Intraoperative Hypoxemia?

José L. Díaz-Gómez, J. Ross Renew, Robert A. Ratzlaff, Harish Ramakrishna, Gabriele Via, Klaus Torp
2018 Anesthesia and Analgesia  
CONCLUSIONS During the last decade, LUSA has progressively gained acceptance among anesthesia providers. Its clinical application has improved the diagnostic accuracy of potentially life-threatening conditions in the perioperative period. The noninvasive nature of this technique, lack of radiation, low cost, and easy access render this imaging approach reasonable for intraoperative and perioperative care. The use of LUSA for thoracic applications is now supported by clinical data and has been
more » ... corporated into best practice guidelines by medical specialties and consensus groups. LUSA is a contemporary skill that anesthesiologists should strongly consider incorporating into their clinical practice. E
doi:10.1213/ane.0000000000002578 pmid:29099431 fatcat:i565lpcmq5hlrmisby7gntt2km