diSplay U/S, online ultrasound simulator : POCUS module
The efficiency of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis of many pathologies is no longer put in question. It is now proven that lung ultrasound is more effective than chest radiography in many situations, and is increasingly used in combination with other conventional medical imaging methods in complete approaches.1, 6
Lung ultrasound has recently been used effectively in the diagnosis of COVID 19 and has highlighted the need for the use of some standard protocols, especially the POCUS protocol.2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11
What are the different steps to master in order to perform a POCUS lung ultrasound examination? What are the critical points of the procedure, and how do you perform a successful examination using the standardised POCUS protocol?
This is what we invite you to discover in this article! Enjoy your reading…
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01 Identify the steps of a lung ultrasound exam, using the POCUS protocole
02 : Learn how to manipulate your probe to generate good images
03 : analyze the distinctive signals of a proper lung ultrasound scan and abnormalities
Basics of the POCUS standard protocol & anatomical guidelines.
Note: Before doing anything else, don’t forget to adjust the settings of your ultrasound probe, these simple and basic settings will allow you to obtain a clear and consistent ultrasound image.
Cf. article: How to adjust the parameters of the convex probe to perform a successful lung ultrasound?
First, what does POCUS really mean?
POCUS is an acronym that stands for Point of Care Ultrasound
More concretely, the aim of this standardised protocol is to carry out a guided ultrasound scan according to a defined procedure, without moving the patient from where he or she is located. This procedure will allow the operator performing the procedure to make a diagnosis and then determine the criticality of the pathology identified and thus direct the management of the patient according to the elements observed in his analysis.
Point-of-care ultrasound completes the physical examination, with the aim of observing and interpreting previously performed findings that may not be clear. It is not limited to its exact definition, it is a fast growing diagnosis method which can be applied in many clinical situations:
The POCUS protocol will identify the presence or absence of specific pathological findings in the patient. Point-of-care ultrasound is a fast growing diagnosis method and can be applied in many clinical situations.
It can also be used in an intensive care unit to monitor treatment, or in an emergency department to exclude or confirm serious pathological findings.
Its potential applications do not end there, as it can also be used to search for free fluid in the abdomen and thorax of traumatic patients and can also be used simply as part of a pre-clinical examination.