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The POCUS-CA (Point-of-care ultrasound in cardiac arrest) is a diagnostic tool in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department setting. The literature indicates that in the patient in a cardiorespiratory arrest it can provide information of the etiology of the arrest in patients with non-defibrillable rhythms, assess the quality of compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and define prognosis of survival according to specific findings and, thus, assist the clinician in decision-making during resuscitation. This narrative review of the literature aims to expose the usefulness of ultrasound in the setting of cardiorespiratory arrest as a tool that allows making a rapid diagnosis and making decisions about reversible causes of this entity. More studies are needed to support the evidence to make ultrasound part of the resuscitation algorithms. Teamwork during cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the inclusion of ultrasound in a multidisciplinary approach is important to achieve a favorable clinical outcome.
Ávila-Reyes, D., Acevedo-Cardona, A. O., Gómez-González, J. F., Echeverry-Piedrahita, D. R., Aguirre-Flórez, M., & Giraldo-Diaconeasa, A. (2021, December 1). Point-of-care ultrasound in cardiorespiratory arrest (POCUS-CA): narrative review article. Ultrasound Journal. Springer-Verlag Italia s.r.l. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13089-021-00248-0