Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography in Patients With Hemodynamic Instability

Adrianne Rahde Bischoff, Shazia Bhombal, Carolyn A. Altman, Marıa V. Fraga, Rajesh Punn, Ram K. Rohatgi, Leo Lopez, Patrick J. McNamara

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Abstract

Targeted neonatal echocardiography (TNE) has been increasingly used at the bedside in neonatal care to provide an enhanced understanding of physiology, affecting management in hemodynamically unstable patients. Traditional methods of bedside assessment, including blood pressure, heart rate monitoring, and capillary refill are unable to provide a complete picture of tissue perfusion and oxygenation. TNE allows for precision medicine, providing a tool for identifying pathophysiology and to continually reassess rapid changes in hemodynamics. A relationship with cardiology is integral both in training as well as quality assurance. It is imperative that congenital heart disease is ruled out when utilizing TNE for hemodynamic management, as pathophysiology varies substantially in the assessment and management of patients with congenital heart disease. Utilizing TNE for longitudinal hemodynamic assessment requires extensive training. As the field continues to grow, guidelines and protocols for training and indications are essential for ensuring optimal use and providing a platform for quality assurance.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2022056415I
JournalPediatrics
Volume150
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2022

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