Usefulness of combined bedside lung ultrasound and echocardiography to assess weaning failure from mechanical ventilation: A suggestive case. Critical care medicine, Aug 2013, Vol. 41(8) [online case report]
Mongodi, S., et al.
Recognition of the cardiac origin of weaning failure is a crucial issue for successful discontinuation of mechanical ventilation. Bedside lung ultrasound and echocardiography have shown a potential in predicting weaning failure. Objective of this report was to describe the case of a patient repeatedly failing to wean from mechanical ventilation, where the combined use of lung ultrasound and echocardiography during a spontaneous breathing trial uncovered an unexpected cause of the failure.