- Letter to the Editor
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Is it best to reFOCUS on basic echocardiography in the emergency department?
© The Author(s) 2018
- Received: 8 June 2018
- Accepted: 26 July 2018
- Published: 15 August 2018
The original article was published in Critical Ultrasound Journal 2018 10:10
The Letter to the Editor to this article has been published in Critical Ultrasound Journal 2018 10:20
In conclusion, in our humble view, we consider that taking measurements may be useless in the ED and that we need to maintain the focus on training and practice moving the needle in favor of basic TTE over advanced TTE. Prioritizing the basic aspects of TTE and lung US is most (if not all) of the times enough in EDs (“visual diagnosis”), and it is better to postpone measurements until they can be performed in a more controlled setting, such as the intensive care unit. Of course, this does not mean that ED practitioners should never perform measurements; of course, they can, but with the requirement of having an excellent level of training, an aspect that requires long months, and even years.
PB (primary author) and GB involved in drafting, reviewing, preparing, and editing the manuscript. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The authors would like to thank Mrs. Julieta Vigna for the language guidance.
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