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Pediatr Emerg Med Pract. 2019 Jul 15;16(Suppl 7):1-50.

Diagnostic point-of-care ultrasound: assessment techniques for the pediatric trauma patient

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Assistant Professor, Ultrasound Fellowship Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Director, Emergency Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY


Emergency ultrasound is performed at the point of care to quickly answer focused clinical questions. Over the last 25 years, the use of this technique has expanded rapidly. The use of emergency ultrasound in the pediatric setting is increasing because it does not expose the patient to ionizing radiation, as compared to computed tomography. Utilizing diagnostic point-of-care ultrasound for pediatric trauma patients in the emergency department can facilitate diagnosis at the bedside rather than sending the patient out of the department for another study. This supplement focuses on some of the common indications for diagnostic POCUS that may be useful in the setting of trauma, as found in the pediatric literature, or extrapolated from adult literature where pediatric evidence is scarce.


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