SMS teaching: ED point of care ultrasound

May 2017

Thanks to Dr Raj PatelĀ 




Discussion points:

  1. ED point of care ultrasound is focused on answering simple yes / no binary questions that help the clinician with management decisions.
  2. The RUSH protocol is a useful schema for identifying life threats, and can also be remembered using ‘HIMAP‘ – (heart, IVC, Morrison’s, Aorta, pneumothorax)
  3. Familiarity with ‘normal’ and development of technique can be best achieved by scanning healthy patients


See also:

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



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