Echocardiography in PICU: When the heart sees what is invisible to the eye

Fatma Rabah*, Khalfan Al-Senaidi, Ismail Beshlawi, Alddai Alnair, Anas Alwogud Ahmed Abdelmogheth

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Objective Echocardiography has become an indispensable bedside diagnostic tool in the realm of pediatric intensive care units (PICU). It has proven to be an influential factor in the formula of clinical decision-making. This study aimed to delineate the impact of echocardiography on the management of critically ill pediatric patients in the PICU at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman. Method This was a retrospective cohort study conducted in a five-bed PICU. Patients admitted to the PICU from January of 2011 to December of 2012 were reviewed. Those who have undergone bedside echocardiography during their ICU stay were recruited. Electronic patient record was used as data source. Results Over a-24-month period, 424 patients were admitted in this PICU. One hundred and one clinically indicated transthoracic echocardiograms were performed. 81.8% of these presented new findings (n = 82) that significantly impacted the clinical decision of patient management, namely, alteration in drug therapy and procedure, whereas no difference in the management was yielded in the remaining 17.8% of the studied cases. Conclusions Echocardiography had a significant impact on the management of PICU patients. Such salutary effect was consequently reflected on the outcome. Pediatric intensivists are encouraged to acquire such bedside skill.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-100
Number of pages5
JournalJornal de Pediatria
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Clinical decision making
  • Echocardiography
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric intensive care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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