Intra-and inter-observer variability of point of care ultrasound measurements to evaluate hemodynamic parameters in healthy volunteers

Deborah Blanca*, Esther C Schwarz, Tycho Joan Olgers, Ewoud Ter Avest, Nasim Azizi, Hjalmar R Bouma, Jan Cornelis Ter Maaten

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BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is a valuable tool for assessing the hemodynamic status of acute patients. Even though POCUS often uses a qualitative approach, quantitative measurements have potential advantages in evaluating hemodynamic status. Several quantitative ultrasound parameters can be used to assess the hemodynamic status and cardiac function. However, only limited data on the feasibility and reliability of the quantitative hemodynamic measurements in the point-of-care setting are available. This study investigated the intra- and inter-observer variability of PoCUS measurements of quantitative hemodynamic parameters in healthy volunteers.

METHODS: In this prospective observational study, three sonographers performed three repeated measurements of eight different hemodynamic parameters in healthy subjects. An expert panel of two experienced sonographers evaluated the images' quality. The repeatability (intra-observer variability) was determined by calculating the coefficient of variation (CV) between the separate measurements for each observer. The reproducibility (inter-observer variability) was assessed by determining the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC).

RESULTS: 32 subjects were included in this study, on whom, in total, 1502 images were obtained for analysis. All parameters were in a normal physiological range. Stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO), and inferior vena cava diameter (IVC-D) showed high repeatability (CV under 10%) and substantial reproducibility (ICC 0.61-0.80). The other parameters had only moderate repeatability and reproducibility.

CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrated good inter-observer reproducibility and good intra-observer repeatability for CO, SV and IVC-D taken in healthy subjects by emergency care physicians.

Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftThe Ultrasound Journal
StatusPublished - 5-mei-2023


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