Lung Ultrasound in COVID-19 Patients

YouTube and Instagram sensation David Convissar, MD, (aka @countbackwardsfrom10) had his paper on Lung Ultrasound During the Coronavirus Pandemic published. It’s online as of just a few days ago in Anesthesia and Analgesia. He knows quite a bit about COVID from personal experience. He shared his journey, from learning he had contracted the virus to getting back on the job, on social media. Needless to say, we are all happy he made a full recovery. You should definitely check out his work. Now he’s sharing with us how to perform lung ultrasound in COVID patients.

In this paper, where he is the first author, he and his team highlight the findings you’d see in patients who have lung involvement secondary to COVID-19. They also review the available studies and case reports where they discuss the scanning protocols. You can employ these at your insitutiitions, as well as the lung ultrasound findings that you could expect to find in your patients. In addition, they provide some recommendations for the use of lung ultrasound in the pandemic.

One of the coolest parts of the paper is that they included video clips. They teach you what you’re looking at when performing a lung ultrasound. That’s hidden in the supplementary material. Pro-tip: Always mind the supplementary material. Lots of papers hide goodies in there. Congrats to the team for putting together a very nice paper. You should definitely download it and read it for yourself.

If you’re interested in many things COVID, I have a whole bunch of posts linked here.


Convissar D, Gibson LE, Berra L, Bittner EA, Chang MG. Application of Lung Ultrasound during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Narrative Review [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 30]. Anesth Analg. 2020;10.1213/ANE.0000000000004929. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000004929
Link to Abstract and Supplementary Videos

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