Executive summary on the use of ultrasound in the critically ill: Consensus report from the 3rd Course on Acute Care Ultrasound (CACU)

Manu L.N.G. Malbrain, Brecht De Tavernier, Sandrine Haverals, Michel Slama, Antoine Vieillard-Baron, Adrian Wong, Jan Poelaert, Xavier Monnet, Willem Stockman, Paul Elbers, Daniel Lichtenstein

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Over the past decades, ultrasound (US) has gained its place in the armamentarium of monitoring tools in the intensive care unit (ICU). Critical care ultrasonography (CCUS) is the combination of general CCUS (lung and pleural, abdominal, vascular) and CC echocardiography, allowing prompt assessment and diagnosis in combination with vascular access and therapeutic intervention. This review summarises the findings, challenges lessons from the 3rd Course on Acute Care Ultrasound (CACU) held in November 2015, Antwerp, Belgium. It covers the different modalities of CCUS; touching on the various aspects of training, clinical benefits and potential benefits. Despite the benefits of CCUS, numerous challenges remain, including the delivery of CCUS training to future intensivists. Some of these are discussed along with potential solutions from a number of national European professional societies. There is a need for an international agreed consensus on what modalities are necessary and how best to deliver training in CCUS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-411
Number of pages19
JournalAnaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2017


  • Abdominal
  • CCUS
  • Critical care ultrasound
  • Fluid responsiveness
  • Fluid therapy
  • Lung
  • Monitoring
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Resuscitation
  • Training
  • Transesophageal
  • Transthoracic
  • Ultrasound
  • Vascular

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