Critical Ultrasounds: a foreword

Daniel De Backer, Antoine Vieillard-Baron, Caibao Hu


Critical Care Ultrasounds (CCUS) has now been recognized as an essential part of critical care practice (1). CCUS is best defined as the ultrasound procedures performed at bedside by intensivists for diagnostic procedures as well as for guidance of therapeutic management and invasive procedures. CCUS applications have been described in depth in several consensus and review papers (2,3). It includes (non-exhaustive list) echocardiography, lung ultrasounds, abdominal ultrasounds, vascular ultrasounds, and cerebral ultrasounds.