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Shedding light on a hidden source of septic shock with POCUS

by Miguel Lourenço Varela; Rita Martins Fernandes; Maria Luísa Melão; Javier Moreno; Cristina Granja – A 77-year old male was admitted in the emergency department for septic shock, yet no clear source of infection was noted upon physical examination and a portable chest x-ray. Due to his unstable condition, bedside ultrasound was performed. A heterogeneous [...]

Postpartum Hemorrhage Emergency Management Using Focused Assessment With Sonography For Obstetrics (FASO): A Case Report

by C. Rincón ; J. Cubillos; C. Arzola – Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death around the world according to World Health Organization [1]. While cesarean delivery is a risk factor, uterine atony is the main etiology [2]. Cesarean delivery and concomitant tubal sterilization are a known risk of postoperative intra-abdominal bleeding, [...]

Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to the use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Clinicians in Oregon

by Camellia Dalai; Renee K. Dversdal – The use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) to provide clinical data beyond the history and physical examination is a relatively new practice for primary care providers and hospitalists. It takes many hours of dedicated ultrasound (US) training and practice to achieve POCUS proficiency; further, perceptions and attitudes of clinicians [...]

Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training for Family Medicine Residents: Examining the outcomes and feasibility of a pilot ultrasound curriculum

by Gordon Yao; Taeyoung Peter Hong; Philip Lee; Joseph Newbigging; Brent Wolfrom – It is estimated that 50% of deaths due to abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) could be prevented by a national screening program. Thanks to technological ad­vancements and cost reductions, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in family medicine (FM) is becoming more prev­alent [4, 5]. Despite [...]

Minding the Gap(s): Hospitalists Experience Aspirational, Safety, and Knowledge Deficits That Prevent Them From Practicing POCUS

by Stephanie Conner; David Chia; Farhan Lalani; Meghan O’Brien; James Anstey; Nima Afshar; Trevor Jensen – Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been a mainstay of clinical decision-making in the intensive care unit and emergency department for more than a decade, but adoption into hospital medicine has lagged behind. Recently, internal medicine residency programs have started to [...]

Simulator-Based Training in FoCUS with Skill-Based Metrics for Feedback: An Efficacy Study

by Robert Morgan; Bradley Sanville; Shashank Bathula; Shaban Demirel; R. Serene Perkins; Gordon E. Johnson – Focused Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) is a relatively new technology that requires training and mentoring. The use of a FoCUS simulator is a novel training method that may prompt greater adoption of this technology by physicians at different levels of [...]