A 74-year-old woman received thrombolysis for pericarditis. She subsequently developed shock and cardiac arrest. The case report describes the events of how a simple immediate bedside focused echo proved to be a life saving assessment. Current availability and training issues in focused transthoracic echo are discussed.
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This is a reprint of a paper that first appeared in BMJ Case Reports, BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.11.2010.3490.
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