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1. Echo of Echocardiography in the Septic Patient

Echocardiography can play a key role in the management of the ICU septic patient, both by excluding cardiac causes for sepsis, and by guiding haemodynamic management of those patients in whom sepsis reaches such a severity to jeopardize cardiovascular function and survival. Specifically, Echocardiography in septic shock (SS) allows for:

  • First line differential diagnosis of Shock through a focused, limited exam (FEER,FATE)
  • Early recognition of SS cardiovascular pattern and sepsis-related myocardial dysfunction
  • Detection of pre-existing cardiac pathology
  • Non-Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Correct interpretation of other (invasive or not) monitoring data
  • Screening for cardiac sources of sepsis