Functional Assessment using Doppler:




While there are a wide range of scenarios in which functional echo may be useful, we would argue that the 3 key assessments are:








Filling, Contractility and Flow







Functional Assessments


Assessment of PDA
Whatever your views on treatment of PDAs, make sure they are properly assessed


Assessment of PPHN 
Hugely useful to direct care, but if in doubt refer to cardiology!


Filling, Contractility and Flow 
How to assess global function and perhaps direct fluid resuscitation and inotrope use











Copyright December 2011 All rights reserved.

Contributors: Dr Alan Groves & Govindpal S Kooner