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  • August 2016 Newsletter Highlight

    2016 October Newsletter Preview
    Tips & Tricks: The Big Squeeze - Cardiac Contractility and Right Ventricular Strain Assessment

    The scope of practice for emergency physicians with basic cardiac echo include an assessment for pericardial effusion and tamponade, contractility issues [specifically of the left ventricle (LV)], and chamber size (particularly of the right ventricle (RV). Systolic dysfunction, not diastolic dysfunction, is the focus of basic cardiac echo by emergency physicians. Prior studies have shown that trained emergency physicians can accurately assess LV contractility.1,2 Evaluation of LV contractility may be done by a visual “eye-ball” estimation or by semi-quantitative measurements such as E-point septal separation (EPSS) or fractional shortening. While visual assessment may be the fastest method to estimate LV contractility, this may be limited in patients with asymmetric wall motion abnormalities or severe valvular disease.


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  • FOAM Highlights

    Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Volumes 1 and 2 on iBooks

    Since 2013, an iBook authored by none other than Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin has been making waves in the world of ED Ultrasound and Point-of-Care Ultrasound. You may recognize their names from the The “Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound” represents the ideal of FOAM by being a free and easily downloadable text. You can find it on the iBooks store. While the text is well written and referenced, it is also jam packed with interactive diagrams, video loops, and narrated video demonstrations.

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