Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE) is increasingly used by neonatologists in the intensive care setting to support clinical decisions.
The provision of real-time information on cardiovascular performance and systemic haemodynamic, non-invasive nature of the technique, rapidity of data acquisition and report generation, and ability to perform longitudinal functional assessments have all contributed to in the increased utilisation of NPE in the neonatal intensive care (NICU).
The lack of a reliable measure of systemic blood flow is one example of a clinical situation which has prompted neonatologists to perform point of care echocardiography examinations. Clinical signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and capillary refill time, which traditionally physicians have relied upon, provide limited insight into the adequacy of systemic blood flow and organ perfusion.
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