J Anesth Perioper Med. 2018;5(2):92-96. https://doi.org/10.24015/ebcmed.JAPM.2017.0090

Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Anesthesiologist

Stephen C. Haskins, Ansara M. Vaz, and Sean Garvin

From the Department of Anesthesiology, Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA.

Correspondence to Dr. Stephen Haskins at haskinss@hss.edu.

EBCMED ID: ebcmed.JAPM.2017.0090 DOI: 10.24015/ebcmed.JAPM.2017.0090


Point-of-Care Ultrasound has emerged as a powerful tool for that we believe will revolutionize how anesthesiologists evaluate patients at the bedside. POCUS has many benefits in the perioperative setting. Preoperatively, POCUS can improve airway assessment, evaluate for significant cardiac pathology such as severe aortic stenosis or ventricular failure, as well as help risk-stratify patients with concern for aspiration based on gastric contents. Intraoperatively, POCUS can be used to assess for correct endotracheal tube placement, evaluate for volume status as well as aid in determining the causes of intraoperative hypoxia, acute respiratory distress, and new onset hemodynamic instability. Postoperatively, POCUS can be used to guide management of the patient exhibiting signs of shock or respiratory distress as well as diagnose new intraperitoneal fluid following hip arthroscopy.

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