Step 1 findings One lung not Both lungs sliding slidingA’ profile B’ profile A profile B profile A/B or C profile
Step 1 findings One lung not Both lungs slidng slidingA’ profile: B’ profile: A profile B profile: A/B or C PTX? Pneumonia Pulmonary profile: Look for Treat. Oedema Pneumonialung point, Treat. Treat. consider DDX. Step 2 Treat
Step 3: the PLAPS points PLAPS points PLAPS seen: Pneumonia (PE still possible but much less likely) PLAPS not seen: Treat. COPD Asthma PE is still possible Reassess patient; consider other tests.
Now what? You’ve reached the end of the scan Patient still breathless You’ve ruled out APO, PTX, pneumonia …but not PE.If it’s still on your list, you need a different test. 27
The BLUE protocol One lung not sliding Both lungs slidng A’ profile: B’ profile: A profile B profile: A/B or C PTX? Pneumonia Pulmonary profile: Look for Oedema Pneumonia lung point, Step 2consider DDX. Scan the Veins DVT not seen DVT seen: PE PLAPS seen: Step 3 PLAPS not seen: Pneumonia PLAPS points COPD / asthma / PE
BLUE protocol: notes• Controversial eg for DVT: • Scans below the knee • Scans the upper limbs (increases sensitivity for PE by 4%)• Does not make use of cardiac / IVC windows (and misses 19% PE in the hands of an expert)• Accurate in hands of expert lung sonologist. Not yet validated in multicentre trials of all comers with breathlessness, by non-experts 30
Suggestions1. Add cardiac/IVC scan to the protocol to increase sensitivity for PE (Rule-in, not rule –out: if cardiac/ IVC scan negative, could still be PE)• E.G. as step 4 (PTO)• Or as step 3 (before veins)2. Include upper limb & below knee in your DVT scan? Leave to operator discretion3. Perform validation studies & review this advice 31
Step 4: heart / IVC Dry lungs, no DVT, no PLAPS:High pressure RV Heart / IVC Grossly normal:+ distended IVC: COPD Massive PE Asthma PE is still possible Inadequate view: Reassess patient; Get help, or finish consider other the scan & tests. arrange other tests
Modified BLUE protocol Step 1 One lung not sliding The lungs Both lungs sliding A’ profile: B’ profile: A profile B profile: A/B or C PTX? Pneumonia Pulmonary profile: Look for Oedema Pneumonia lung point, Step 2consider DDX. The veins DVT not seen DVT seen: PE PLAPS seen: Step 3 PLAPS not seen: Pneumonia PLAPS points Step 4 heart /IVC Grossly normal: COPD / Asthma High pressure RV PE is still possible + distended IVC: Reassess patient; consider other tests. Massive PE
Oustanding issues• Does RV/IVC distension occur in status asthmaticus / severe COPD? If so, this could limit its use as a discriminator for massive PE (and is the reason Lichtenstein does not include it on the BLUE protocol)• BUT realistically a sensible dr can pick asthma/COPD clinically, so this should not be an issue• Scanning for DVT • Include upper limb? Only adds 4% sensitivity • Include below knee? This will be controversial for many • Details less important than the understanding that this is ‘rule- in’, not ‘rule-out’• Validation studies by non-experts are needed 35
Summary: the modified BLUE protocol Step 1: anterior lungs Step 2: the veins Step 3: the PLAPS points Step 4: heart & IVC 36
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