Adv Emerg Nurs J 2020 Oct/Dec;42(4):270-283
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Coral Gables, Florida (Drs Gonzalez, Ortega, and Crenshaw); and Keigwin School of Nursing, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida (Dr de Tantillo).
The Rapid Ultrasound for Shock and Hypotension (RUSH) examination is used for patients with hypotension without clear cause or undifferentiated hypotension. In the emergency department setting, clinicians may perform the RUSH examination to supplement the physical assessment and differentiate the diagnosis of hypovolemic, obstructive, cardiogenic, and distributive forms of shock. The key elements of the RUSH examination are the pump, tank, and pipes, meaning potentially causes of the hypotension are examined within the heart, vascular volume and integrity, and the vessels themselves. Read More