World J Surg 2021 Sep 22. Epub 2021 Sep 22.
Division of Acute Care Surgery, LAC+USC Medical Center, University of Southern California, 2051 Marengo Street, Inpatient Tower (C), C5L100, Los Angeles, CA, 90033, USA.
Background: In patients undergoing resuscitative thoracotomy (RT) for traumatic cardiac arrest, focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) is often used to look for intraperitoneal fluid. These findings can help determine whether abdominal exploration is warranted once return of spontaneous circulation is achieved; however, the diagnostic accuracy of FAST in this clinical scenario has yet to be evaluated. The purpose of this study was to assess the performance of FAST in identifying intra-abdominal hemorrhage following RT. Read More