Expert consensus document: Reporting checklist for quantification of pulmonary congestion by lung ultrasound in heart failure

Platz, E. et al. (2019) Expert consensus document: Reporting checklist for quantification of pulmonary congestion by lung ultrasound in heart failure. European Journal of Heart Failure, 21(7), pp. 844-851. (doi: 10.1002/ejhf.1499)

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Abstract

Lung ultrasound is a useful tool for the assessment of patients with both acute and chronic heart failure, but the use of different image acquisition methods, inconsistent reporting of the technique employed and variable quantification of ‘B‐lines,’ have all made it difficult to compare published reports. We therefore need to ensure that future studies utilizing lung ultrasound in the assessment of heart failure adopt a standardized approach to reporting the quantification of pulmonary congestion. Strategies to improve patient care by use of lung ultrasound in the assessment of heart failure have been difficult to develop. In the present document, key aspects of standardization are discussed, including equipment used, number of chest zones assessed, the method of quantifying B‐lines, the presence and timing of additional investigations (e.g. natriuretic peptides and echocardiography) and the impact of therapy. This consensus report includes a checklist to provide standardization in the preparation, review and analysis of manuscripts. This will serve as a guide for investigators and clinicians and enhance the quality and transparency of lung ultrasound research.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The writing of this manuscript was supported by a grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (Grant number K23HL123533) (Platz).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jhund, Dr Pardeep and McMurray, Professor John
Authors: Platz, E., Jhund, P. S., Girerd, N., Pivetta, E., McMurray, J. J.V., Peacock, W. F., Masip, J., Martin-Sanchez, F. J., Miro, Ò., Price, S., Cullen, L., Maisel, A. S., Vrints, C., Cowie, M. R., DiSomma, S., Bueno, H., Mebazaa, A., Gualandro, D. M., Tavares, M., Metra, M., Coats, A. J.S., Ruschitzka, F., Seferovic, P. M., and Mueller, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:European Journal of Heart Failure
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1388-9842
ISSN (Online):1879-0844
Published Online:19 June 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in European Journal of Heart Failure 21(7):844-851
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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