An interesting study in the July issue of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (see full article here) discussing the utility of bedside ultrasound during traumatic cardiac arrest. For anyone who works at a trauma center, or who just so happens to receive a patient dropped off by a friend on the driveway of the ED (we have all had that happen), or who received a patient by ambulance who is in cardiac arrest at a non-trauma center to soon find evidence of trauma upon exposure of the patient….. this study is quite relevant when it comes to survival potential and how bedside ultrasound may help. What they say….
HAPPY EMS WEEK!!!! We so appreciate all that you do! Along those lines…… and along with many others all over the world in years past, at Stanford there has been a 2-part study being done supervised by Drs. Sarah Williams and Jessica Pierog (PEEPS study) and at UCI supervised by Dr. Chris Fox and others (PAUSE protocol) on the prehospital use/acquisition/ interpretation of emergencies visible by bedside US. It is evident (an understatement, actually) that US needs to go into our ambulances. Continue reading