Application of POCUS in Patients With COVID-19 for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Management

A Narrative Review

Xuehui Gao; Xiaojing Zou; Ruiting Li; Huaqing Shu; Yuan Yu; Xiaobo Yang; You Shang


BMC Pulm Med. 2022;22(52) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


COVID-19 has inflicted the world for over two years. The recent mutant virus strains pose greater challenges to disease prevention and treatment. COVID-19 can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and extrapulmonary injury. Dynamic monitoring of each patient's condition is necessary to timely tailor treatments, improve prognosis and reduce mortality. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is broadly used in patients with ARDS. POCUS is recommended to be performed regularly in COVID-19 patients for respiratory failure management. In this review, we summarized the ultrasound characteristics of COVID-19 patients, mainly focusing on lung ultrasound and echocardiography. Furthermore, we also provided the experience of using POCUS to manage COVID-19-related ARDS.