BET 3: In septic patients requiring fluid resuscitation can the bedside lung ultrasound be used to assess the pulmonary fluid status?

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A short cut review was carried out to see if the presence of ‘B lines’ detected on lung ultrasound could be used to guide the volume of fluid replacement necessary in the resuscitation of the patient with sepsis. Four papers with some degree of relevance were found in the literature search. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results study weaknesses of these papers are tabulated. Although a promising concept, the remains a paucity of good quality evidence sufficient to recommend this approach.

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