A Case of Undifferentiated Shock and POCUS Use
Critical Care Medicine
Dr June Sullivan
Undifferentiated hypotension and shock can have potentially devastating consequences in patient mortality. This article describes a patient who presented with undifferentiated shock to the emergency department, initially thought to be septic in etiology given leukocytosis on laboratory evaluation. Using bedside point of care ultrasound (POCUS), the admitting provider could discern the etiology of shock was cardiogenic given poor bi-ventricular output on cardiac echo, altering the patient's treatment course and initiating emergent cardiology service consultation and intervention. This difficult presentation brings to the forefront the role of POCUS in determining the etiology of undifferentiated shock and its usefulness in modern medicine in those presenting with hypotension.
Voigt S. A Case of Undifferentiated Shock and POCUS Use. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2023; 5(1).
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