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Table 3 Description of changes in clinical information or decisions led by ultrasound

From: Impact of an ultrasound-driven diagnostic protocol at early intensive-care stay: a randomized-controlled trial

Modification in diagnosis and therapeutic decisions led by US No. changes No. patients
Related to clinical decision-making, total 48 36
New or unidentified diagnosis:
 Pneumonia, 2; significant pleural effusion, 5; pneumothorax, 1; significant pericardial effusion, 1; cholecystitis, 1
10 8
Clinical diagnosis:
 Pneumonia to respiratory distress due to biliary sepsis, 1; pneumonia to heart failure, 2; asthma to pneumonia, 1
4 4
Pharmacological therapy:
 Fluid challenges, 6; start diuretics, 5; dobutamine, 5; noradrenaline, 2; antibiotics, 5; alteplase, 1
24 16
Invasive procedures:
 Thoracic drainage, 5; emergency bronchoscopy, 2; laparotomy, 1; suprapubic bladder catheterization, 1
9 7
Alveolar recruitment maneuver, 1 1 1
No changes 0 4
  1. US ultrasound