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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066904/implementing-point-of-care-ultrasonography-of-the-heart-and-lungs-in-an-anesthesia-department
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M T Bøtker, M L Vang, T Grøfte, H Kirkegaard, C A Frederiksen, E Sloth
BACKGROUND: Implementation of point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) of the heart and lungs requires image acquisition skills among providers. We aimed to determine the effect of POCUS implementation using a systematic education program on image acquisition skills and subsequent use and barriers in a department of anesthesiology. METHODS: Twenty-five anesthesiologists underwent a systematic education program in POCUS during the fall of 2012. A POCUS expert evaluated images from baseline and evaluation examinations performed on two healthy individuals as useful or not useful for clinical interpretation...
February 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008681/prediction-rule-for-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-embolism-enhanced-by-lung-and-venous-ultrasound-making-confusion-or-increasing-efficiency
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Giovanni Volpicelli, Simone Vanni, Cecilia Becattini, Giuseppe Francesco Sferrazza Papa, Chiara Gigli, Stefano Grifoni, Peiman Nazerian
We thank the Authors for their interest in our study [1] and the questions raised. Our response begins from their conclusion: "…we fear that uWells' may create more noise than signal in the already murky PE milieu". We find curious that two strongly evidence based applications of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) added to the clinical evaluation might create confusion rather than resolving challenging questions. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
December 22, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998322/international-federation-for-emergency-medicine-consensus-statement-sonography-in-hypotension-and-cardiac-arrest-shoc-an-international-consensus-on-the-use-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-undifferentiated-hypotension-and-during-cardiac-arrest
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Paul Atkinson, Justin Bowra, James Milne, David Lewis, Mike Lambert, Bob Jarman, Vicki E Noble, Hein Lamprecht, Tim Harris, Jim Connolly
: Introduction The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Ultrasound Special Interest Group (USIG) was tasked with development of a hierarchical consensus approach to the use of point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) in patients with hypotension and cardiac arrest. METHODS: The IFEM USIG invited 24 recognized international leaders in PoCUS from emergency medicine and critical care to form an expert panel to develop the sonography in hypotension and cardiac arrest (SHoC) protocol...
December 21, 2016: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989537/delayed-cardiac-tamponade-a-rare-but-life-threatening-complication-of-catheter-ablation
#4
Elizabeth Yetter, Jared Brazg, Diane Del Valle, Laura Mulvey, Eitan Dickman
Delayed cardiac tamponade (DCT) is a rare and life-threatening complication of catheter ablation performed as a treatment of atrial fibrillation, with few cases described in the medical literature. We present the case of a 57year-old man presenting with DCT 61days following a catheter ablation procedure. To the best of our knowledge, this is the most delayed case of cardiac tamponade (CT) following catheter ablation described in the literature. We also discuss the importance of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) in the diagnosis and treatment of CT...
November 17, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976448/point-of-care-ultrasound-for-non-angulated-distal-forearm-fractures-in-children-test-performance-characteristics-and-patient-centered-outcomes
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Naveen Poonai, Frank Myslik, Gary Joubert, Josiah Fan, Amita Misir, Victor Istasy, Melanie Columbus, Robert Soegtrop, Alex Goldfarb, Drew Thompson, Alexander Sasha Dubrovsky
OBJECTIVES: Distal forearm fractures are the most common fracture type in children. Point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) is increasingly being used and preliminary studies suggest it offers an accurate approach to diagnosis. However, outcomes such as pain, satisfaction, and procedure duration have not been explored but may be salient to the widespread acceptance of this technology by caregivers and children. Our objectives were to examine the test performance characteristics of POCUS for non-angulated distal forearm injuries in children and compare POCUS to x-ray with respect to pain, caregiver satisfaction, and procedure duration...
December 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974170/getting-it-right-the-first-time-defining-regionally-relevant-training-curricula-and-provider-core-competencies-for-point-of-care-ultrasound-education-on-the-african-continent
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Margaret Salmon, Megan Landes, Cheryl Hunchak, Justin Paluku, Luc Malemo Kalisya, Christian Salmon, Mundenga Mutendi Muller, Benjamin Wachira, James Mangan, Kajal Chhaganlal, Joseph Kalanzi, Aklilu Azazh, Sara Berman, El-Sayed Zied, Hein Lamprecht
Significant evidence identifies point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) as an important diagnostic and therapeutic tool in resource-limited settings. Despite this evidence, local health care providers on the African continent continue to have limited access to and use of ultrasound, even in potentially high-impact fields such as obstetrics and trauma. Dedicated postgraduate emergency medicine residency training programs now exist in 8 countries, yet no current consensus exists in regard to core PoCUS competencies...
December 11, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974132/faculty-development-in-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-internists
#7
Anna Maw, Cathy Jalali, Deanna Jannat-Khah, Kirana Gudi, Lia Logio, Arthur Evans, Stacy Anderson, Joshua Smith
Lack of general medicine faculty expertise is a likely contributor to the slow adoption of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) by internal medicine (IM) residency training programs. We developed a 10-week faculty development program, during which 15 faculty members participated in 2 hours and 10 hours of online didactic and hands-on training, respectively. Pre-post comparisons showed that there were statistically significant improvements in faculty participants' ability to interpret images (p<0.001), perceived understanding of the capabilities and limitations of POCUS (p=0...
2016: Medical Education Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916021/use-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-long-bone-fractures-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lucas B Chartier, Laura Bosco, Lauren Lapointe-Shaw, Jordan Chenkin
OBJECTIVES: Long bone fractures (LBFs) are among the most frequent traumatic injuries seen in emergency departments. Reduction and immobilization is the most common form of treatment for displaced fractures. Point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) is a promising technique for diagnosing LBFs and assessing the success of reduction attempts. This article offers a comprehensive review of the use of PoCUS for the diagnosis and reduction of LBFs. Data source MEDLINE and EMBASE databases were searched through July 19, 2015...
December 5, 2016: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836795/ultrasound%C3%A2-for%C3%A2-patients%C3%A2-in-a-high-hiv-tb-prevalence-setting-a%C3%A2-needs-assessment-and-review-of-focused-applications-for-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
Tom Heller, Eric A Mtemang'ombe, Michaëla A M Huson, Charlotte C Heuvelings, Sabine Bélard, Saskia Janssen, Sam Phiri, Martin P Grobusch
Ultrasound is increasingly used in point-of-care applications and has great potential to support the diagnosis of infectious diseases, especially in resource-limited settings. We performed a cross-sectional study including 100 Malawian patients with a clinical indication for ultrasound and reviewed the literature on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in Sub-Saharan Africa to establish its applicability, most frequent indications, findings, and implications for treatment, and therefore relevance in POCUS curricula, with a main focus on infectious diseases...
November 8, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833699/point-of-care-sonographic-findings-in-acute-upper-airway-edema
#10
Michael Schick, Kendra Grether-Jones
We describe a case where a patient presented with acute angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I) induced angioedema without signs or symptoms of upper airway edema beyond lip swelling. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) was used as an initial diagnostic test and identified left-sided subglottic upper airway edema that was immediately confirmed with indirect fiberoptic laryngoscopy. ACE-I induced angioedema and the historical use of ultrasound in evaluation of the upper airway is briefly discussed. To our knowledge, POCUS has not been used to identify acute upper airway edema in the emergency setting...
November 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833681/pilot-point-of-care-ultrasound-curriculum-at-harvard-medical-school-early-experience
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Joshua S Rempell, Fidencio Saldana, Donald DiSalvo, Navin Kumar, Michael B Stone, Wilma Chan, Jennifer Luz, Vicki E Noble, Andrew Liteplo, Heidi Kimberly, Minna J Kohler
INTRODUCTION: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is expanding across all medical specialties. As the benefits of US technology are becoming apparent, efforts to integrate US into pre-clinical medical education are growing. Our objective was to describe our process of integrating POCUS as an educational tool into the medical school curriculum and how such efforts are perceived by students. METHODS: This was a pilot study to introduce ultrasonography into the Harvard Medical School curriculum to first- and second-year medical students...
November 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829074/fetal-outcomes-following-emergency-department-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-vaginal-bleeding-in-early-pregnancy
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Catherine Varner, Dahlia Balaban, Shelley McLeod, Sally Carver, Bjug Borgundvaag
OBJECTIVE: To determine 20- and 40-week fetal outcomes following documentation of fetal cardiac activity (FCA) and intrauterine pregnancy (IUP) in women at less than 20 weeks' gestation presenting to the emergency department (ED) with vaginal bleeding. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Single-centre tertiary care ED. PARTICIPANTS: Pregnant women at less than 20 weeks' gestation presenting to the ED with vaginal bleeding...
July 2016: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825617/point-of-care-ultrasonography-for-primary-care-physicians-and-general-internists
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REVIEW
Anjali Bhagra, David M Tierney, Hiroshi Sekiguchi, Nilam J Soni
Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is a safe and rapidly evolving diagnostic modality that is now utilized by health care professionals from nearly all specialties. Technological advances have improved the portability of equipment, enabling ultrasound imaging to be executed at the bedside and thereby allowing internists to make timely diagnoses and perform ultrasound-guided procedures. We reviewed the literature on the POCUS applications most relevant to the practice of internal medicine. The use of POCUS can immediately narrow differential diagnoses by building on the clinical information revealed by the traditional physical examination and refining clinical decision making for further management...
December 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823894/color-flow-doppler-point-of-care-ultrasound-to-evaluate-vessels-before-infant-lumbar-puncture
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Brunhild M Halm, David O Kessler
BACKGROUND: Infant lumbar punctures (LPs) are common procedures performed in the emergency department. However, 10% to 35% of these LPs are unsuccessful or grossly bloody, which can lead to increased hospitalization, increased costs, and prolonged exposure to antibiotics or antivirals. Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) may help to surmount the intrinsic causes of LP failure by providing a visual guide of the vascular structures in the needle path before a LP is performed. CASE REPORT: We report two cases where color flow Doppler POCUS was used to identify vascular structures around the spinal canal in infants before attempting a LP...
January 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803918/surgeon-performed-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-severe-eye-trauma-report-of-two-cases
#15
Fikri M Abu-Zidan, Korana Balac, Chetana Anand Bhatia
The indications of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the management of multiple trauma patients have been expanding. Although computed tomography (CT) scan of the orbit remains the gold standard for imaging orbital trauma, ultrasound is a quick, safe, and portable tool that can be performed bedside. Here we report two patients who had severe eye injuries with major visual impairment where surgeon-performed POCUS was very useful. One had a foreign body injury while the other had blunt trauma. POCUS was done using a linear probe under sterile conditions with minimum pressure on the eyes...
October 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783380/common-pitfalls-in-point-of-care-ultrasound-a-practical-guide-for-emergency-and-critical-care-physicians
#16
REVIEW
Pablo Blanco, Giovanni Volpicelli
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is a widely used tool in emergency and critical care settings, useful in the decision-making process as well as in interventional guidance. While having an impressive diagnostic accuracy in the hands of highly skilled operators, inexperienced practitioners must be aware of some common misinterpretations that may lead to wrong decisions at the bedside. OBJECTIVES: This article provides a revision list of common POCUS misdiagnoses usually found in practice and offers useful tips to recognize and avoid them...
December 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770490/point-of-care-ultrasound-for-diagnosis-of-abscess-in-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections
#17
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...
November 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748231/feasibility-of-emergency-department-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-rib-fracture-diagnosis-in-minor-thoracic-injury
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27645809/the-comparison-of-bedside-point-of-care-ultrasound-and-computed-tomography-in-elbow-injuries
#19
Mustafa Avcı, Nalan Kozacı, İnan Beydilli, Fevzi Yılmaz, Arif Onur Eden, Sadullah Turhan
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to compare the efficacy of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and computed tomography (CT) in the diagnosis of the fracture of the bones that form the elbow joint and the determination of treatment method in elbow injuries. METHODS: Forty-nine patients aged 5 to 65 years, who were admitted with low-energy elbow injuries, had at least 1 fracture of the elbow joint bones, and underwent CT scanning, were included in this study...
August 27, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27634025/impact-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-examination-on-triage-of-patients-with-suspected-cardiac-disease
#20
Sergio L Kobal, Noah Liel-Cohen, Sarah Shimony, Yoram Neuman, Yuval Konstantino, Efrat Mazor Dray, Itai Horowitz, Robert J Siegel
Complementing the physical examination with a point-of-care ultrasound study (POCUS) can improve patient triage. We aimed to study the impact of POCUS on the diagnosis and management of outpatients and hospitalized patients with suspected cardiac disease. In this multicenter study, a pocket-sized device was used to perform POCUS when the diagnosis or patient management was unclear based on anamnesis, physical examination, and basic diagnostic testing. Eighteen physicians (cardiac fellows 49%, cardiologists 30%, and echocardiographers 21%) performed physical examinations extended by POCUS on 207 patients (inpatients 83% and outpatients 17%)...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
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