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Novel diagnostic procedure
Saved by focused echo evaluation in resuscitation
  1. N Hollister1,
  2. R Bond2,
  3. A Donovan1,
  4. B Nicholls1
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia, Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset, UK
  2. 2Department of Cardiology, Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset, UK
  1. Correspondence to N Hollister, nigel.hollister{at}


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.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.