The use of point-of-care ultrasound was taught to emergency care providers through lectures, bedsides teaching, and hands-on practical sessions. Lectures were tailored to care providers' knowledge base and available therapeutic means. Every ultrasound examination performed by these providers was recorded over 4.5 years. Findings of these examinations were categorized as positive, negative, indeterminate or procedural. Other radiologic studies ordered over this same time period were also recorded.
As a result, a total of 22,639 patients were evaluated in the emergency department by emergency care providers, and 2,185 point-of-care ultrasound examinations were performed on 1,886 patients. Most commonly used were the focused assessment with sonography in trauma examination (53.3%) and echocardiography (16.4%). Point-of-care ultrasound studies were performed more frequently than radiology department-performed studies. Positive findings were documented in 46% of all examinations.
We are very proud of Dr. Stolz and her team for publishing this important work and look forward to additional follow up studies in the coming years. Read the entire publication HERE.