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Pericardial Effusions: Time to Intervention

Or is it?

By Michael Prats, MD on 12/18/17 04:00 AM

Pericardial effusions can be difficult to diagnose clinically. Luckily, ultrasound is the diagnostic of choice for finding those sneaky effusions. While we may know (in our hearts) that point of care ultrasound can be helpful in making this diagnosis, there is not a lot of literature showing improvement in patient centered outcomes. This study aims to see if performing a POCUS exam in the emergency department changed any meaningful outcomes for the patients that required a procedure to drain the fluid.