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Point-of-care ultrasound

Sathyaseelan Subramaniam, Jacqueline Bober, Jennifer Chao, Shahriar Zehtabchi
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, emergency department (ED) physicians rely on their clinical examination to differentiate between cellulitis and abscess when evaluating skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI). Management of an abscess requires incision and drainage, whereas cellulitis generally requires a course of antibiotics. Misdiagnosis often results in unnecessary invasive procedures, sedations (for incision and drainage in pediatric patients), or a return ED visit for failed antibiotic therapy...
October 21, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Jacob J Glaser, Cassandra Cardarelli, Samuel Galvagno, Thomas M Scalea, Sarah B Murthi
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound often includes cardiac ultrasound. It is commonly used to evaluate cardiac function in critically ill patients but lacks the specific quantitative anatomic assessment afforded by standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We developed the Focused Rapid Echocardiographic Examination (FREE), a hybrid between a cardiac ultrasound and TTE that places an emphasis on cardiac function rather than anatomy. We hypothesized that data obtained from FREE correlate well with TTE while providing actionable information for clinical decision making...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Patricia C Henwood, David C Mackenzie, Joshua S Rempell, Emily Douglass, Damas Dukundane, Andrew S Liteplo, Megan M Leo, Alice F Murray, Samuel Vaillancourt, Anthony J Dean, Resa E Lewiss, Stephen Rulisa, Elizabeth Krebs, A K Raja Rao, Emmanuel Rudakemwa, Vincent Rusanganwa, Patrick Kyanmanywa, Vicki E Noble
OBJECTIVE: We delivered a point-of-care ultrasound training programme in a resource-limited setting in Rwanda, and sought to determine participants' knowledge and skill retention. We also measured trainees' assessment of the usefulness of ultrasound in clinical practice. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of 17 Rwandan physicians participating in a point-of-care ultrasound training programme. The follow-up period was 1 year. Participants completed a 10-day ultrasound course, with follow-up training delivered over the subsequent 12 months...
October 19, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Floriana Zennaro, Elena Neri, Federico Nappi, Daniele Grosso, Riccardo Triunfo, Francesco Cabras, Francesca Frexia, Stefania Norbedo, Pierpaolo Guastalla, Massino Gregori, Elisabetta Cattaruzzi, Daniela Sanabor, Egidio Barbi, Marzia Lazzerini
BACKGROUND: The use of point-of-care ultrasonography (POC US) in paediatrics is increasing. This study investigated the diagnostic accuracy of POC US in children accessing the emergency department (ED) when performed by paediatricians under the remote guidance of radiologists (TELE POC). METHODS: Children aged 0 to 18 years accessing the ED of a third level research hospital with eight possible clinical scenarios and without emergency/severity signs at the triage underwent three subsequent US tests: by a paediatrician guided remotely by a radiologist (TELE POC); by the same radiologist (UNBLIND RAD); by an independent blinded radiologist (BLIND RAD)...
2016: PloS One
Jessica H Rankin, Marsha Elkhunovich, Dina Seif, Mikaela Chilstrom
Neonatal respiratory distress is an emergent condition with a wide differential diagnosis. A 12-day-old newborn presented to the emergency department in respiratory distress. Point-of-care ultrasound allowed clinicians to rapidly exclude cardiac disease and pneumothorax as possible causes of the patient's respiratory distress, and expedited the identification of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. The ultrasound findings and technique, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and radiological diagnosis of congenital diaphragmatic hernia are reviewed...
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Marie Pier Desjardins, Kirstin D Weerdenburg, Jason W Fischer
We present a case series of 2 patients who presented to a pediatric emergency department with history and symptoms suggestive of diaphragmatic hernia. Point-of-care ultrasound was used at the bedside to demonstrate the presence of bowel in the thorax and accurately guided the care of these children.
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Élizabeth Lalande, Chantal Guimont, Marcel Émond, Marc Charles Parent, Claude Topping, Brice Lionel Batomen Kuimi, Valérie Boucher, Natalie Le Sage
OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of emergency department (ED) point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) for rib fracture diagnosis in patients with minor thoracic injury (mTI). Secondary objectives were to 1) evaluate patients' pain during the PoCUS procedure, 2) identify the limitations of the use of PoCUS technique, and 3) compare the diagnosis obtained with PoCUS to radiography results. METHODS: Adult patients who presented with clinical suspicion of rib fractures after mTI were included...
October 17, 2016: CJEM
Masaaki Murakami, Genichi Sakaguchi, Noriko Mori
OBJECTIVE: In patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity, we created arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) combined with brachial artery superficialization. With this procedure, the superficialized arteries are used as drawing routes and the AVFs as returning routes. This is a technical report about AVFs combined with brachial artery superficialization. METHODS: Twenty-four consecutive patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity who underwent AVFs with brachial artery superficialization were included in this single-center retrospective study...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Christopher Thom, Mary Warlaumont
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound has an increasing role in characterizing soft-tissue infections and has been described previously in the evaluation of necrotizing fasciitis (NF). The identification of air within the soft tissues can be very suggestive of NF in the correct clinical context. CASE REPORT: A 78-year-old male presented to the emergency department with extensive lower-extremity redness and edema. A point-of-care ultrasound revealed hyperechoic areas within the soft tissues consistent with air, and the patient was taken to surgery and found to have NF...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Gonzalo Garcia-Casasola, Francisco Javier García Sánchez, Davide Luordo, Deborah Forrester Zapata, María Carnevali Frías, Victoria Villena Garrido, Javier Villanueva Martínez, Alberto Forero de la Sotilla, José Manuel Casas Rojo, Juan Torres Macho
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the ability of medical students to be integrated in the teaching of basic abdominal ultrasound using a peer-mentoring design. METHODS: Thirty medical students previously trained in basic abdominal ultrasound (mentors) had to teach all fourth-year students (n = 136) from a single academic year the same training they had received. There were 3 stages to the ultrasound teaching: theoretical (online course); basic training (3 practical sessions in which students were guaranteed to have had a minimum of 15 hours of practical experience with ultrasound and performed at least 20 basic abdominal ultrasound studies); and evaluation (objective structured clinical examination in which students had to obtain the basic abdominal views and to identify 17 structures)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Francesca M Trovato, Daniela Catalano, Guglielmo M Trovato
Imaging workup of patients referred for elective assessment of chest disease requires an articulated approach: Imaging is asked for achieving timely diagnosis. The concurrent or subsequent use of thoracic ultrasound (TUS) with conventional (chest X-rays-) and more advanced imaging procedures (computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) implies advantages, limitations and actual problems. Indeed, despite TUS may provide useful imaging of pleura, lung and heart disease, emergency scenarios are currently the most warranted field of application of TUS: Pleural effusion, pneumothorax, lung consolidation...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Radiology
Jae-Sik Jang, Ho-Cheol Shin, Jong Seok Bae, Han-Young Jin, Jeong-Sook Seo, Tae-Hyun Yang, Dae-Kyeong Kim, Kyoung-Im Cho, Bo-Hyun Kim, Yong Hyun Park, Hyung-Gon Je, Dong-Soo Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention frequently results in unnecessary stenting due to the low positive predictive value of IVUS-derived minimal lumen area (MLA) for identification of functionally significant coronary stenosis. We appraised the diagnostic accuracy of IVUS-derived MLA compared with the fractional flow reserve (FFR) to assess intermediate coronary stenosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and Cochrane databases for studies using IVUS and FFR methods to establish the best MLA cut-off values to predict significant non-left main coronary artery stenosis...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Madan Mohan Maddali, Venkitaramanan Arun, Al-Ajmi Ahmed Wala, Maher Jaffer Al-Bahrani, Cheskey Manoj Jayatilaka, Arora Ram Nishant
BACKGROUND: The primary aim of this study was to compare the incidence of accidental arterial puncture during right internal jugular vein (RIJV) cannulation with and without ultrasound guidance (USG). The secondary end points were to assess if USG improves the chances of successful first pass cannulation and if BMI has an impact on incidence of arterial puncture and the number of attempts that are to be made for successful cannulation. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Prospective observational study performed at a single tertiary cardiac care center...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Brian Jarrett, Michael Secko
BACKGROUND: Choroid detachment is a rare disease process that has a multitude of etiologies; usually related to recent ophthalmological surgery, eye trauma, corneal ulcers, or intraocular pressure-lowering agents. Point-of-care ocular ultrasound has high utility and accuracy in diagnosing pathology of the eye. CASE REPORT: We present a case of a patient who presented with vision loss caused by a choroid detachment diagnosed on point-of-care ultrasound because fundoscopic examination was limited due to cataracts...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
M Kennedy Hall, Jane Hall, Cary P Gross, Nir J Harish, Rachel Liu, Sean Maroongroge, Christopher L Moore, Christopher C Raio, R Andrew Taylor
OBJECTIVES: Point-of-care ultrasound is a valuable tool with potential to expedite diagnoses and improve patient outcomes in the emergency department. However, little is known about national patterns of adoption. This study examined nationwide point-of-care ultrasound reimbursement among emergency medicine (EM) practitioners and examined regional and practitioner level variations. METHODS: Data from the 2012 Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Fee-for-Service Provider Utilization and Payment Data include all practitioners who received more than 10 Medicare Part B fee-for-service reimbursements for any Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code in 2012...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Romolo Gaspari, Anthony Weekes, Srikar Adhikari, Vicki E Noble, Jason T Nomura, Daniel Theodoro, Michael Woo, Paul Atkinson, David Blehar, Samuel M Brown, Terrell Caffery, Emily Douglass, Jacqueline Fraser, Christine Haines, Samuel Lam, Michael Lanspa, Margaret Lewis, Otto Liebmann, Alexander Limkakeng, Fernando Lopez, Elke Platz, Michelle Mendoza, Hal Minnigan, Christopher Moore, Joseph Novik, Louise Rang, Will Scruggs, Christopher Raio
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound has been suggested to improve outcomes from advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), but no large studies have explored how it should be incorporated into ACLS. Our aim was to determine whether cardiac activity on ultrasound during ACLS is associated with improved survival. METHODS: We conducted a non-randomized, prospective, protocol-driven observational study at 20 hospitals across United States and Canada. Patients presenting with out-of-hospital arrest or in-ED arrest with pulseless electrical activity or asystole were included...
September 28, 2016: Resuscitation
E Glöckner, M Christ, F Geier, P Otte, U Thiem, S Neubauer, V Kohfeldt, K Singler
AIM: The objective of this pilot study was to determine the accuracy of point-of-care B-line lung ultrasound in comparison to NT Pro-BNP for screening acute heart failure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An 8-zone lung ultrasound was performed by experienced sonographers in patients presenting with acute dyspnea in the ED. AHF was determined as the final diagnosis by 2 independent reviewers. RESULTS: Contrary to prior studies, B-line ultrasound in our study was highly specific, but moderately sensitive for identifying patients with AHF...
September 2016: Ultrasound Int Open
J Heiberg, L S Hansen, K Wemmelund, A H Sørensen, C Ilkjaer, E Cloete, D Nolte, F Roodt, R Dyer, J Swanevelder, E Sloth
PURPOSE: Our institution has recently implemented a point-of-care (POC) ultrasound training program, consisting of an e-learning course and systematic practical hands-on training. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the learning outcome of this curriculum. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 16 medical students with no previous ultrasound experience comprised the study group. The program covered a combination of 4 well-described point-of-care (POC) ultrasound protocols (focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography, focused assessment with sonography in trauma, lung ultrasound, and dynamic needle tip positioning for ultrasound-guided vascular access) and it consisted of an e-learning course followed by 4 h of practical hands-on training...
November 2015: Ultrasound Int Open
Omar Rodriguez-Acevedo, Kristen E Elstner, Kui Martinic, Aaron Zea, Jenny Diaz, Rodrigo T Martins, Fernando Arduini, Alexandra Hodgkinson, Nabeel Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: Endovenous radio frequency ablation for small saphenous vein incompetence by and large appears to be superior and safer than conventional open surgery. Small saphenous vein ablation from approximately mid-calf to the point proximally where the small saphenous vein dives into the popliteal fossa is considered to be safe, as the sural nerve is in most cases separated from this segment of the small saphenous vein by the deep fascia. The outcome of the distal incompetent small saphenous vein remains unclear...
September 29, 2016: Phlebology
Martin Klemm, Thomas Kirchner, Janek Gröhl, Dominique Cheray, Marco Nolden, Alexander Seitel, Harald Hoppe, Lena Maier-Hein, Alfred M Franz
PURPOSE: Due to rapid developments in the research areas of medical imaging, medical image processing and robotics, computer-assisted interventions (CAI) are becoming an integral part of modern patient care. From a software engineering point of view, these systems are highly complex and research can benefit greatly from reusing software components. This is supported by a number of open-source toolkits for medical imaging and CAI such as the medical imaging interaction toolkit (MITK), the public software library for ultrasound imaging research (PLUS) and 3D Slicer...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
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