By Michael Prats on 08/19/19 06:00 AM
Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a real bad deal. We usually rely on clinical exam (which can be misleading) or other imaging studies (which can take forever) to make the diagnosis. POCUS would be an awesome solution in helping to make this time-sensitive determination. We know it can pick up fascial fluid, air, subcutaneous changes...but really how good is it when it comes down to diagnosing this deadly disease? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31031033
By Michael Prats on 08/05/19 06:00 AM
Theoretically, regional wall motion abnormalities (RWMA) would be really useful in the acute care setting. In the patient with concern for cardiac ischemia, this finding might help push to definitive management. The problem is that this is a nuanced exam - it takes some experience and practice. It hasn't been studied much in the point-of-care world. So can emergency physicians with relatively little training do this accurately? Find out in this next adventure into the world of point-of-care echocardiography! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30987914
By Cian McDermott on 07/22/19 06:00 AM
In part 2 (and the finale) of the series from the IAEM conference, the discussion heats up even more! The same star-studded international band of wisdom and wizardry tackles POCUS in cardiac arrest. They discuss the CASA exam and other pointers for using POCUS in the pulseless patient. A must listen!