Thanks to Dr Mark Rugless, FACEM from St Vincent’s Hospital, for this great introduction to lung ultrasound.
In the coming years ultrasound will continue to develop as an important adjunct to physical findings. Master the basics of eFAST (extended FAST), move on to ultrasound in shock (RUSSH) and continue with lung ultrasound.
Thanks to Dr Raj Patel
- ED point of care ultrasound is focused on answering simple yes / no binary questions that help the clinician with management decisions.
- The RUSH protocol is a useful schema for identifying life threats, and can also be remembered using ‘HIMAP‘ – (heart, IVC, Morrison’s, Aorta, pneumothorax)
- Familiarity with ‘normal’ and development of technique can be best achieved by scanning healthy patients
Brief notes on probe position from the Family Practice Notebook:
Ultrasound resources from Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine
Brief notes on HIMAP from Life in the fast lane
RUSH protocol – Rapid Ultrasound in Shock and Hypotension