Acute and critical care diagnostics in COVID-19: With a special emphasis on point-of-care ultrasound

Research output: PhD ThesisPhd-Thesis - Research and graduation internal


This thesis should be read as an almost chronological account of the clinical problems we faced and subsequently investigated while we were treating the waves of COVID-19 patients in real-time. It combines multiple original investigations, narrative reviews, book chapters and research letters concerning the diagnosis, risk stratification, monitoring and complications of COVID-19 patients in the acute and critical care setting during the emerging and developing pandemic, with a special emphasis on the role of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). The thesis is divided into three main parts. Part 1 focuses on the use of conventional tests at the emergency department (ED) in the diagnosis and prognosis of COVID-19, as well as its complications. Part 2 explores how POCUS might aid in this setting. Part 3 addresses how POCUS might aid in monitoring of the disease course in critically ill COVID-19 patients. And how it might help diagnose COVID-19 complications in this setting.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
  • Nanayakkara, Kurukula Don Prabath Wasantha Bernard, Supervisor, External person
  • Bosch, Frank, Supervisor, External person
  • Walden, Andrew, Co-supervisor, External person
  • Tuinman, P.R., Co-supervisor, External person
Award date9 May 2023
Place of Publications.l.
Print ISBNs9789464692860
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2023

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