Handheld Lung Ultrasound to Detect COVID-19 Pneumonia in Inpatients: A Prospective Cohort Study

Thomas F. Heyne; Kay Negishi; Daniel S. Choi; Ahad A. Al Saud; Lucas X. Marinacci; Patrick Y. Smithedajkul; Lily R. Devaraj; Brent P. Little; Dexter P. Mendoza; Efren J. Flores; Milena Petranovic; Steven P. Toal; Hamid Shokoohi; Andrew S. Liteplo; Benjamin P. Geisler – Even as newer viral variants have proven less deadly than the initial waves, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to affect our world. Although critical to mitigate the spread of disease, rapid and accurate diagnosis of COVID-19 can be challenging.

Association of Internal Medicine Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) with Length of Stay, Hospitalization Costs, and Formal Imaging: a Prospective Cohort Study

David M. Tierney; Terry K. Rosborough; Lynn M. Sipsey; Kai Hanson; Claire S. Smith; Lori L. Boland; Robert Miner – Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) use has rapidly expanded among internal medicine (IM) physicians in practice and residency training programs. Many benefits have been established; however, studies demonstrating the impact of POCUS on system metrics are few and mostly limited to the emergency department or intensive care setting. The study objective was to evaluate the impact of inpatient POCUS on patient outcomes and hospitalization metrics.

Impact of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Medical Decision Making: Informing the Development of an Internal Medicine Global Health POCUS Curriculum  

Michelle Fleshner, MD MPH; Steve Fox, MD; Thomas Robertson, MD; Ayako Wendy Fujita, MD; Divya Bhamidipati, MD; Thuy Bui MD – Point-of-care Ultrasound (POCUS) is particularly useful in low-middle income countries (LMICs) where advanced imaging modalities and diagnostics are often unavailable. However, its use among Internal Medicine (IM) practitioners is limited and without standard curricula. This study describes POCUS scans performed by U.S. IM residents rotating in LMICs to provide recommendations for curriculum development.

Developing and Evaluating a Remote Quality Assurance System for Point-of-Care Ultrasound for an Internal Medicine Residency Global Health Track

Steven Fox, MD; Michelle Fleshner, MD MPH; Collin Flanagan, DO; Thomas Robertson, MD; Ayako Wendy Fujita, MD; Divya Bhamidipati, MD; Abdulrahman Sindi, MD; Raghunandan Purushothaman, MD; Thuy Bui, MD – A quality assurance system is vital when using point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to ensure safe and effective ultrasound use. There are many barriers to implementing a quality assurance system including need for costly software, faculty time, and extra work to log images.