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Fall 11-1-2012


This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in ICU Director

August 22, 2012.

The published version is available at DOI:10.1177/1944451612456703. Copyright © Sage


We reviewed an initial experience using a miniaturized transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) probe (ImaCor, Garden City, NY) with 3 patients in whom Imacor hTEE intervention was used as a point of care device to manage extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cannula placement, cardiac hemodynamics, and post-op cardiac pathophysiology. The management of transplant or mechanical circulatory support (MCS) patients is especially challenging: transplanted hearts pose unique pathophysiological challenges, and MCS significantly alters pressure-volume-flow relationships. Real-time “hemodynamic” TEE (hTEE) can help provide effective management by direct visualization of cardiac filling and function and help guide hemodynamic management. In our initial experience, hTEE can provide point-of-care management following transplant or MCS.

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