In the past 10 years, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been used to aid the assessment of critically ill patients.1 As early as 2002, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence issued the use of ultrasound for CVC (central venous catheter insertion). Later, in 2008, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) released a report detailing the evidence relating to POCUS and improved patient safety during pleural procedures. Soon after, the use of point-of-care ultrasound in the assessment of trauma became a mandatory component of the emergency medicine curriculum2 at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
But what is point-of-care ultrasound exactly? What are the most innovative point-of-care technology examples and why is POCUS becoming more and more popular? We’ll take a look in this article.