The Bottom Line on Point-of-Care Abdominal Ultrasound

 

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Why Learn?

There is little doubt over the usefulness of abdominal ultrasound as a diagnostic tool and interventional aid in acutely unwell patient – from eFAST in the trauma patient to exclusion of hydronephrosis in AKI.

Limitations/Challenges

  • Access to training/trainers and maintaining competencies.
  • The potential diagnoses in abdominal ultrasound is vast with no consensus as to how best to train and the range of competencies that should be achieved.
  • The potential uses of abdominal ultrasound is exciting and still evolving e.g. nasogastric tube placement.

Resources

 

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