Clinical Role of POCUS in Septic Patients
1Emergency & Critical Care Medicine, West Garden Hospital, Taiwan
Sepsis management requires multidimensional and simultaneous efforts for better outcomes. The core concepts for successful management are early diagnosis, source control, adequate hemodynamic monitoring and supportive cares.
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is getting popular in different challenging settings, such as trauma, emergency medicine and critical care medicine and now moving toward hospital medicine and even prehospital medicine. POCUS is also evolving from focused and single applications to integrated and problem-oriented approaches, such as EFAST, BLUE, RUSH protocols and SEARCH 9E.
Currently, there is no universal protocol for sepsis management. The potential benefits of POCUS for sepsis management are infection control, hemodynamic monitor and treatment guidance. In this section, clinical cases will be used to demonstrate the clinical roles of POCUS in septic patients.