Ultrasound in the Emergency Room
As emergency room visits increase or the critical nature of the patient is more obvious, so does the appropriate options, procedural applications and the need for immediate sonographic exams. With the need to quickly assess a situation, you can take a ultrasound scan as a primary screening tool to rule out certain diagnosis.
With the use of ultrasound equipment in the emergency room, it can provide greater patient care by accurate scanning even with a physician with limited ultrasound training. It gives them a quick visual of what may be happening with the internal organs or blood flow in a patient.
Some procedures that use ultrasound today are PICC line insertion, placement for vascular access, needle thoracotomy, paracentesis, detection of foreign bodies, among many other. It may include abdomen, pelvic, cardiac, and trauma exams.
Some popular ultrasound machines for the emergency room are Sonosite M-Turbo, Chison SonoTouch 30, GE Venue.