By Michael Prats on 03/02/20 05:00 AM
We know that point of care ultrasound can be used to find evidence of urinary obstruction in patients with renal colic from a kidney stone. However, it is not clear how to put this into practice. Who should get an ultrasound? Who needs further testing after ultrasound? This article poses one protocol to see if it can help save time and money in the emergency department. https://www.ultrasoundgel.org/87 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31661942
By Michael Prats on 10/28/19 06:00 AM
Suspected acute heart failure is a great reason to use point-of-care ultrasound. It can tell you in seconds if this patient is up to their neck in pulmonary edema. Knowing that interstitial edema is more common in dependent areas of the lung, one would think that the lateral areas of the lung fields would be most sensitive for the diagnosis. Likewise, if there is enough pulmonary edema to fill up the anterior lung fields, this theoretically should be pretty specific. But is this actually true?! These authors investigate the issue. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30665807
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!