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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435502/inferior-vena-cava-measurement-with-ultrasound-what-is-the-best-view-and-best-mode
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Nathan M Finnerty, Ashish R Panchal, Creagh Boulger, Amar Vira, Jason J Bischof, Christopher Amick, David P Way, David P Bahner
INTRODUCTION: Intravascular volume status is an important clinical consideration in the management of the critically ill. Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) has gained popularity as a non-invasive means of intravascular volume assessment via examination of the inferior vena cava (IVC). However, there are limited data comparing different acquisition techniques for IVC measurement by POCUS. The goal of this evaluation was to determine the reliability of three IVC acquisition techniques for volume assessment: sub-xiphoid transabdominal long axis (LA), transabdominal short axis (SA), and right lateral transabdominal coronal long axis (CLA) (aka "rescue view")...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416252/hydroceles-not-just-for-men
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Danielle Biggs, Amy Patwa, Steve Gohsler
BACKGROUND: Hydroceles develop in females through the canal of Nuck. This canal is formed when the processes vaginalis fails to obliterate during development. The canal of Nuck can lead to the formation of not only hydroceles, but hernias as well. Although physicians typically think of hydroceles occurring in males, on rare occasions, they do occur in females because of this defect. They are often mistaken for incarcerated hernias, making ultrasound an excellent tool to distinguish between them and guide further treatment...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412493/the-clinical-impact-and-prevalence-of-emergency-point-of-care-ultrasound-a-prospective-multicentre-study
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Xavier Bobbia, Laurent Zieleskiewicz, Christophe Pradeilles, Chloé Hudson, Laurent Muller, Pierre Géraud Claret, Marc Leone, Jean-Emmanuel de La Coussaye
OBJECTIVE: The main objectives of our study were to evaluate the prevalence of emergency point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) use and to assess the impact of POCUS on: diagnostic, therapeutic, patient-orientation and imaging practices. METHODS: This was a one-day, prospective, observational study carried out across multiple centres. Fifty emergency departments (EDs) recorded all POCUS performed over a 24h period. The prevalence of POCUS was defined as the number of POCUS/number of patients seen in all units...
April 12, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411935/point-of-care-ultrasound-in-austere-environments-a-complete-review-of-its-utilization-pitfalls-and-technique-for-common-applications-in-austere-settings
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REVIEW
Laleh Gharahbaghian, Kenton L Anderson, Viveta Lobo, Rwo-Wen Huang, Cori McClure Poffenberger, Phi D Nguyen
With the advent of portable ultrasound machines, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has proven to be adaptable to a myriad of environments, including remote and austere settings, where other imaging modalities cannot be carried. Austere environments continue to pose special challenges to ultrasound equipment, but advances in equipment design and environment-specific care allow for its successful use. This article describes the technique and illustrates pathology of common POCUS applications in austere environments...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383844/-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-emergency-department-a-case-report-of-acute-dyspnea-during-pregnancy
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L Marissiaux, M Gensburger, A Tromba, B Duysinx, P Meunier, V D'Orio, A Ghuysen
On the basis of the case report of a pregnant woman with acute pleuritis, this article describes the diagnostic modalities of dyspnea during pregnancy. The utility and effectiveness of bedside ultrasound examination by the emergency physician («POCUS») are reviewed in view of recent literature data. The ultrasound in this case is considered to be the extension of physical examination aiming at providing answers with immediate clinical relevance.
July 2016: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357139/effect-of-focused-bedside-ultrasonography-in-hypotensive-patients-on-the-clinical-decision-of-emergency-physicians
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M Ikbal Sasmaz, Faruk Gungor, Ramazan Guven, K Can Akyol, Nalan Kozaci, Mustafa Kesapli
We assessed the effect of focused point of care ultrasound (POCUS) used for critical nontraumatic hypotensive patients presenting to the emergency department of our hospital on the clinical decisions of the physicians and whether it led to the modification of the treatment modality. This prospective clinical study was conducted at the Emergency Department of Antalya Training and Research Hospital. Nontraumatic patients aged 18 and older who presented to our emergency department and whose systolic blood pressure was <100 mmHg or shock index (heart rate/systolic blood pressure) was >1 were included in the study...
2017: Emergency Medicine International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344693/point-of-care-ultrasound-as-a-competency-for-general-internists-a-survey-of-internal-medicine-training-programs-in-canada
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Jonathan Ailon, Ophyr Mourad, Maral Nadjafi, Rodrigo Cavalcanti
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is increasingly used on General Internal Medicine (GIM) inpatient services, creating a need for defined competencies and formalized training. We evaluated the extent of training in POCUS and the clinical use of POCUS among Canadian GIM residency programs. METHOD: Internal Medicine trainees and GIM Faculty at the University of Toronto were surveyed on their clinical use of POCUS and the extent of their training. We separately surveyed Canadian IM Program Directors and Division Directors on the extent of POCUS training in their programs, barriers in the implementation of POCUS curricula, and recommendations for POCUS competencies in IM...
October 2016: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336237/point-of-care-ultrasound-sonographic-posterior-fat-pad-sign-a%C3%A2-case-report-and-brief-literature-review
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Yoshito Okumura, Nestor Maldonado, Kyle Lennon, Bryan McCarty, Philipp Underwood, Mathew Nelson
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of elbow fracture can sometimes be difficult with plain radiography due to overlapping bones, growth plates, and maturing bones in the pediatric population. The radiographic posterior fat pad (PFP) sign is one of the frequently referenced indirect signs of an occult elbow fracture. This sign can be falsely negative if the sign is subtle, and can be falsely positive when the position of the elbow is not flexed at 90 degrees. CASE REPORT: We discuss a case in which sonographic PFP sign helped to diagnose an elbow fracture...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284770/point-of-care-ultrasonography-to-assist-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-subluxation-of-the-radial-head-in-pediatric-patients-a-case-series
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Faruk Güngör, Taylan Kılıç
BACKGROUND: A subluxation of the radial head (SRH) is a clinical condition that commonly occurs in children under 6 years of age. History and physical examination findings typically include a child who presents with an elbow held in extension and with forearm pronation, after having suffered significant longitudinal traction on the arm, or after a fall on an outstretched hand. The diagnosis is often clinically obvious. The injury responds dramatically to closed reduction, and usually no imaging is required...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284769/sustainable-resuscitation-ultrasound-education-in-a-low-resource-environment-the-kumasi-experience
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Chelsea A Tafoya, Matthew J Tafoya, Maxwell Osei-Ampofo, Rockefeller A Oteng, Torben K Becker
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) is an increasingly important tool for emergency physicians and has become a standard component of emergency medicine residency training in high-income countries. Cardiopulmonary ultrasound (CPUS) is emerging as an effective way to quickly and accurately assess patients who present to the emergency department with shock and dyspnea. Use of POCUS, including CPUS, is also becoming more prevalent in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); however, formal ultrasound training for emergency medicine resident physicians in these settings is not widely available...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271386/serial-lung-and-ivc-ultrasound-in-the-assessment-of-congestive-heart-failure
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Rachel Spevack, Mohamed Al Shukairi, Dev Jayaraman, Jerrald Dankoff, Lawrence Rudski, Jed Lipes
BACKGROUND: Management of congestive heart failure (CHF) is dependent on clinical assessments of volume status, which are subjective and imprecise. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is useful in the diagnosis of CHF, but how POCUS findings correlate with therapy remains unknown. This study aimed to determine whether the changes in clinical evaluation of CHF with treatment are mirrored with changes in the number of B lines on lung ultrasound (LUS) and inferior vena cava (IVC) size. In this prospective observational study, investigators performed serial clinical and ultrasound assessments within 24 h of admission (T1), day 1 in hospital (T2) and within 24 h of discharge (T3)...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268119/effects-of-student-performed-point-of-care-ultrasound-on-physician-diagnosis-and-management-of-patients-in-the-emergency-department
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Daniel S Udrea, Andrew Sumnicht, Deanna Lo, Logan Villarreal, Stephanie Gondra, Richard Chyan, Audra Wisham, Vi Am Dinh
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing integration of ultrasound training into medical education, there is an inadequate body of research demonstrating the benefits and practicality of medical student-performed point-of-care ultrasound (SP-POCUS) in the clinical setting. OBJECTIVES: The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects that SP-POCUS can have on physician diagnosis and management of patients in the emergency department, with a secondary purpose of evaluating the diagnostic accuracy of SP-POCUS...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259843/point-of-care-cardiac-ultrasound-techniques-in-the-physical-examination-better-at-the-bedside
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REVIEW
Bruce J Kimura
The development of hand-carried, battery-powered ultrasound devices has created a new practice in ultrasound diagnostic imaging, called 'point-of-care' ultrasound (POCUS). Capitalising on device portability, POCUS is marked by brief and limited ultrasound imaging performed by the physician at the bedside to increase diagnostic accuracy and expediency. The natural evolution of POCUS techniques in general medicine, particularly with pocket-sized devices, may be in the development of a basic ultrasound examination similar to the use of the binaural stethoscope...
March 4, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256349/ultrasound-assisted-removal-of-a-fishbone-stuck-in-a-tongue-in-the-emergency-department
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David Kanon, Paige Skinner, William A Kennedy, Angela R Cirilli
BACKGROUND: Foreign body (FB) impaction in the oropharyngeal region-and specifically the tongue-is a common problem in the emergency department that often requires specialty consultation and admission for operative intervention. Over the years, the use of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has increased ease and success of FB removal in other anatomic regions, but is only rarely reported for extraction of FB from the tongue outside of the operating room. CASE REPORT: This case demonstrates a unique case of ultrasound-guided removal of a fishbone from the tongue in the emergency department after blind attempts failed...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214369/diagnostic-accuracy-of-history-physical-exam-laboratory-tests-and-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-pediatric-acute-appendicitis-in-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Roshanak Benabbas, Mark Hanna, Jay Shah, Richard Sinert
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis (AA) is the most common surgical emergency in children. Accurate and timely diagnosis is crucial but challenging due to atypical presentations and the inherent difficulty of obtaining a reliable history and physical examination in younger children. OBJECTIVES: To determine the utility of history, physical exam, laboratory tests, Pediatric Appendicitis Score (PAS) and Emergency Department-Point-of-Care Ultrasound (ED-POCUS) in the diagnosis of AA in ED pediatric patients...
February 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178729/re-examining-physical-findings-with-point-of-care-ultrasound-a-narrative-review
#16
REVIEW
William Diprose, Francois Verster, Cameron Schauer
The art of physical examination has continued to be practised by physicians largely unchanged for over 200 years. Ultrasound, once the domain of the radiologist, is now being increasingly used by emergency physicians and intensivists to make rapid, accurate diagnoses at the point-of-care. We review the growing body of evidence supporting point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) as the preferred alternative to many aspects of the cardiovascular, respiratory, abdominal and neurological examinations in internal medicine...
January 27, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171688/diagnostic-value-and-effect-of-bedside-ultrasound-in-acute-appendicitis-in-the-emergency-department
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Faruk Gungor, Taylan Kilic, Kamil Can Akyol, Gizem Ayaz, Umut Cengiz Cakir, Mehmet Akcimen, Cenker Eken
OBJECTIVE: Early and accurate diagnosis of acute appendicitis (AA) with ultrasound can minimize the morbidity and mortality of the patients. In this regard, ultrasound can help to the emergency physicians (EPs) in the diagnosing process and clinical decision making for AA. Therefore, we primarily aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) in clinical decision making of EPs for the diagnostic evaluation for AA in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: The study sample consisted of patients aged >18 years that presented to the ED with an abdominal pain and underwent diagnostic evaluation for AA...
February 7, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164320/perception-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-performed-by-emergency-medicine-physicians
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Whitney Hansen, Carl E Mitchell, Bikash Bhattarai, Napatkamon Ayutyanont, Jeffrey R Stowell
PURPOSE: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is integral to the practice of emergency medicine (EM). Furthermore, EM-performed POCUS (EM-POCUS) offers consultants the opportunity to avoid delays in care due to wait times for confirmatory imaging studies. This study is the first to describe the perception of POCUS to consulting services at a single institution where EM-POCUS is routinely performed. METHODS: This study was conducted as a survey distributed to residents from consultant specialties (internal medicine [IM], general surgery [GS], and obstetrics and gynecology [OB-GYN])...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123616/simplified-point-of-care-ultrasound-protocol-to-confirm-central-venous-catheter-placement-a-prospective-study
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Sean P Wilson, Samer Assaf, Shadi Lahham, Mohammad Subeh, Alan Chiem, Craig Anderson, Samantha Shwe, Ryan Nguyen, John C Fox
BACKGROUND: The current standard for confirmation of correct supra-diaphragmatic central venous catheter (CVC) placement is with plain film chest radiography (CXR). We hypothesized that a simple point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) protocol could effectively confirm placement and reduce time to confirmation. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled a convenience sample of patients in the emergency department and intensive care unit who required CVC placement. Correct positioning was considered if turbulent flow was visualized in the right atrium on sub-xiphoid, parasternal or apical cardiac ultrasound after injecting 5 cc of sterile, non-agitated, normal saline through the CVC...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118684/ultrasound-in-undergraduate-medical-education-a-systematic-and-critical-review
#20
REVIEW
Zac Feilchenfeld, Tim Dornan, Cynthia Whitehead, Ayelet Kuper
CONTEXT: The use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in clinical care is growing rapidly and advocates have recently proposed the integration of ultrasound into undergraduate medical education (UME). The evidentiary basis for this integration has not been evaluated critically or systematically. OBJECTIVES: We conducted a critical and systematic review framed by the rationales enumerated in academic publications by advocates of ultrasound in UME. METHODS: This research was conducted in two phases...
January 24, 2017: Medical Education
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