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Innovations in technology for critical care medicine.

Chapman M, Gattas D, Suntharalingam G - Crit Care (2004)

Bottom Line: This new section in Critical Care presents a selection of clinically important examples of advances in critical care health technology.This article is divided into two main areas: diagnostics and monitoring.The monitoring section discusses recent claims of improved efficiency with telemedicine for intensive care units.

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Affiliation: University of Toronto, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. dr.martin.chapman@sw.ca

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This new section in Critical Care presents a selection of clinically important examples of advances in critical care health technology. This article is divided into two main areas: diagnostics and monitoring. Attention is given to how bedside echocardiography can alter the cardiovascular physical examination, and to novel imaging techniques such as virtual bronchoscopy. The monitoring section discusses recent claims of improved efficiency with telemedicine for intensive care units.

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OptiGo™ (Philips Medical Systems, Andover, MA, USA) hand-carried ultrasound unit.
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Figure 1: OptiGo™ (Philips Medical Systems, Andover, MA, USA) hand-carried ultrasound unit.

Mentions: The blurring of specialty domains is becoming more obvious. A good example of this is the use of ultrasound by intensivists [1]. Portable ultrasound as an extension of the physical examination is a fast growing area of expertise. A recent Canadian report [2] summarized several new hand-carried ultrasound units for point of care (POC) cardiac examination, including OptiGo™ (Philips Medical Systems, Andover, MA, USA), which has a laptop design, colour Doppler and smartcard storage (Fig. 1). In a prototype study conducted by Rugolotto and coworkers [3], the handheld device was compared with standard echocardiography in 121 patients. The studies were performed by echocardiographers with level II and III training. Parameters of ventricular and valvular function with two-dimensional and colour Doppler were graded on a point system using both devices. There were statistically significant differences between the two methods, although these were clinically minor in degree. The investigators concluded that the handheld device did represent an acceptable tool for conducting a focused assessment of a limited number of parameters of structure and function.


Innovations in technology for critical care medicine.

Chapman M, Gattas D, Suntharalingam G - Crit Care (2004)

OptiGo™ (Philips Medical Systems, Andover, MA, USA) hand-carried ultrasound unit.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: OptiGo™ (Philips Medical Systems, Andover, MA, USA) hand-carried ultrasound unit.
Mentions: The blurring of specialty domains is becoming more obvious. A good example of this is the use of ultrasound by intensivists [1]. Portable ultrasound as an extension of the physical examination is a fast growing area of expertise. A recent Canadian report [2] summarized several new hand-carried ultrasound units for point of care (POC) cardiac examination, including OptiGo™ (Philips Medical Systems, Andover, MA, USA), which has a laptop design, colour Doppler and smartcard storage (Fig. 1). In a prototype study conducted by Rugolotto and coworkers [3], the handheld device was compared with standard echocardiography in 121 patients. The studies were performed by echocardiographers with level II and III training. Parameters of ventricular and valvular function with two-dimensional and colour Doppler were graded on a point system using both devices. There were statistically significant differences between the two methods, although these were clinically minor in degree. The investigators concluded that the handheld device did represent an acceptable tool for conducting a focused assessment of a limited number of parameters of structure and function.

Bottom Line: This new section in Critical Care presents a selection of clinically important examples of advances in critical care health technology.This article is divided into two main areas: diagnostics and monitoring.The monitoring section discusses recent claims of improved efficiency with telemedicine for intensive care units.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: University of Toronto, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. dr.martin.chapman@sw.ca

ABSTRACT
This new section in Critical Care presents a selection of clinically important examples of advances in critical care health technology. This article is divided into two main areas: diagnostics and monitoring. Attention is given to how bedside echocardiography can alter the cardiovascular physical examination, and to novel imaging techniques such as virtual bronchoscopy. The monitoring section discusses recent claims of improved efficiency with telemedicine for intensive care units.

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