Echo is a quick, easy and simple tool,
making it invaluable in many situations including cardiac
It is a bedside test that is non
invasive and painless for the patient. It is easily taught to any
doctor or nurse and is performed in real time at the bedside. It
can be used to guide and inform management and treatment, so why
isn't everyone embracing Echo?
Behny challenges us to consider
another bedside tool which compares to the effectiveness and
usefulness of Echo.
Moreover, in the chaos of cardiac
arrests, Echo can help to exclude some of the 4Hs & 4Ts. It can
help to check the rhythm, check the quality of compressions and
assess for post-resuscitation care.
It is an invaluable tool in managing a
patient suffering cardiac arrest.
Behny suggests that the focused 2D
echo is our generations stethoscope. We need to open our minds and
embrace the capabilities of Echo and challenge each other to learn
how to effectively utilise this tool in times that