Brain Point of Care Ultrasound in Young Children Receiving Computed Tomography in the Emergency Department: A Proof of Concept Study

Stephanie R. Davenport; Nadya Ben Fadel; Jorge Davila; Nick Barrowman; Vid Bijelic; Allan E. Shefrin – Over the last 15 years, point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has emerged as one of the most important and most utilized tools in pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) [1,2]. What was initially used as a screening tool in the assessment of major traumas to help determine the requirements for further investigation or management is now used in over 40 clinical applications including the assessment of intra-abdominal hemorrhage, cardiac views to assess function and fluid, the identification of testicular torsion and the evaluation of skull fractures [1], to list a few.

Prevalence of Phantom Scanning in Cardiac Arrest and Trauma Resuscitations: The Scary Truth

Zachary Boivin; Curtis Xu; Donias Doko; Meghan Kelly Herbst; Trent She – The prevalence of phantom scanning, or point of care ultrasound (POCUS) performed without saving images, has not been well studied. Phantom scanning can negatively affect patient care, reduce billed revenue, and can increase medicolegal liability. We sought to quantify and compare the prevalence of phantom scanning among emergency department (ED) cardiac arrests and trauma resuscitations.

A National Survey of Prehospital Care Services of United Kingdom for Use, Governance and Perception of Prehospital Point of Care Ultrasound

Salman Naeem, MBBS, Dip IMC, PG Cert Medical ultrasound; Christopher Edmunds, MBChB, FRCEM, FFICM, FIMC2; Thomas Hirst, MA, MBBS, MSc, Dip IMC; Julia Williams, PhD, BSc FCPara FEA4; Amir Alzarrad; James Ronaldson; Jon Barrat, RAMC, FRCEM, FIMC, DMCC; East Anglian Air Ambulance Research, Audit, Innovation and Development (RAID) Group; PreHospital Trainee Operated Research Network (PHOTON) – Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has become a common practice in prehospital care over the last 10 years. There is lack of literature on its use and governance structure in United Kingdom (UK) prehospital care services.