Discussing the use of point-of-care ultrasound for evaluating COVID-19 patients

Discussing the use of point-of-care ultrasound for evaluating COVID-19 patients

March 25, 2020

HCB News: In the context of COVID-19, are there any other applications of POCUS for evaluating, triaging, monitoring or treating patients that you would like to highlight?
DM: Point-of-care ultrasound is like a Swiss Army knife in healthcare, particularly for the critical patient, encompassing everything from the initial assessment to obtaining venous access with a peripheral IV or central line to rapidly initiate treatment, airway assessment, evaluation of the lung, and a full shock assessment. Point-of-care ultrasound is a device that has long been just as important as the monitor, the defibrillator, even the ventilator in critical care. The COVID-19 pandemic further accentuates the value of this technology. Right now, we have an excess of critically ill patients over the resources that we have and we need imaging devices that can be deployed in a lot of different locations for a range of purposes. New York, California and the state of Washington are setting up combat hospitals—250-bed hospitals that will be fully functional hospitals for COVID-19 patients--and point-of-care ultrasound can be used there in situations where it would be much more difficult to put a CT scanner.

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