With infection control a prominent issue for those involved in medical ultrasound practice, here is ACEM's official press release on the issue.
Contact Alistair Murray if you have any concerns that your service is compromised as a result of the ASUM document.
POCUS OUTCOMES AND SAFETY: A ‘NON-COCHRANY’ LITERATURE REVIEW
by Justin Bowra and Alan Giles
Part of ‘Tackling the tough topics’: The POCUS Debate NSW - 9 November 2018
The question we asked: What does the literature say about the actual efficacy and safety of POCUS? (IE actual real-world patient outcomes, rather than surrogate markers such as diagnostic accuracy)
Methods: we asked a bunch of POCUS nerds from around the world to send us copies of any literature they had on the subject. We supplemented this by looking up papers that caught our eye, but if it cost actual money to download the articles we only downloaded the abstracts.
Thanks to: Adrian Goudie and Paul Atkinson in particular for sending many of these papers, and also thanks to Frank Norman, Kylie Baker and Bob Jarman for their sage advice.
The summary (for those with short attention spans)
If used carefully by those who are properly trained, POCUS has been demonstrated to improve outcomes. (e.g. in BAT, penetrating cardiac injury, arrested patients)
If used carelessly by idiots or those without proper training, POCUS has been shown to be useless (e.g. in stable BAT, and in shocked patients) or even harmful.
Or to put it another way: ‘POCUS doesn’t kill people; doctors do!’
Now for a little more detail…
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