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.
By Michael Prats, MD on 05/22/17 02:00 AM
Feeling out of breath or having trouble breathing (AKA dyspnea) is a common complaint in the emergency department. We know already that ultrasound can diagnose a number of things that can cause this symptom. This paper takes a look to see how ultrasound can help out the evaluation of a patient who presents with acute dyspnea. More specifically, it looks at the accuracy of diagnosis and time to making the diagnosis compared to an evaluation without ultrasound.