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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Emergency Department

Advisor

Dr. Witte

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review the utilization of point-of-care ultrasound in functionality of use, diagnosis and patient outcomes when compared to standard testing in the emergency department.

Method: A PubMed and MEDLINE literature search was conducted with search terms point-of-care ultrasound, emergency department, and outcome. Eighteen pertinent articles were retrieved, and they serve as the basis for this clinical review.

Results: Most of the evidence-based research found indicates point-of-care ultrasound to improve or have no impact on patient outcomes and speed to diagnosis versus standard testing.

Conclusion: Point-of-care ultrasound use in emergency departments is utilized for rapid assessment of clinical concerns. Many evidence-based studies reviewed show improvement or no impact on patient outcomes or speed to diagnosis when utilizing point-of-care ultrasound versus standard testing. Further research is needed to evaluate point-of-care ultrasound utilization in the emergency department.

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