Carotid doppler ultrasound with passive leg raise for fluid responsiveness

Grant ID: EMTR-207R26-2016

Lay Summary

Fluid therapy is a valuable entity and a valuable clinical entity. However there is uncertainty regarding the fluid responsiveness of patients, particularly those with severe infections. Potential risks of fluid overload (i.e. too much fluid) exist. Excessive fluid administration is associated with increased morbidity and mortality.

Carotid doppler ultrasound and passive leg raise is a way of estimating fluid responsiveness. By using this technique we believe that it will tell us if a patient will tolerate an intravenous fluid bolus of 500ml.

The aim of this study is to determine if doppler ultrasound of the common carotid artery blood flow before and after PLR is a realistic method by which to determine fluid responsiveness in the acute care setting. Also the review the ease of which this can be taught to emergency doctors.

Participants volunteered will be shown an instructional video, given practice session and have an observational assessment of performing the technique. Post this confidence in the technique will be surveyed.


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Principal Investigator:
Dr Robert Osgood

Dr Scott Stirling

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