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This study examined the feasibility of using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) probes to perform transthoracic echocardiography in ventilated patients with COVID-19 in the prone position. In 81% of the 21 participants, this technique provided the evaluator with adequate image quality for basic cardiac assessment.
This small study determined that the use of a TEE probe in ventilated and prone patients can provide the clinician with quality diagnostic information.
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is causing severe pneumonia leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome, a condition where prone ventilation for >12 h/day has proven beneficial (1). Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) to assess COVID-19-related cardiac complications (2) is very challenging for patients in the prone position. The aim of this study was to examine the feasibility of an innovative use of a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) probe to perform TTEs in patients with COVID-19 who were invasively ventilated in the prone position.