"At the end of 2015, we began a pilot study – Pre-hospital Assessment Rotterdam Aortic Aneurysm (PARA2) – to evaluate pre-hospital assessment of the abdominal aorta using point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). FUJIFILM SonoSite provided two hand-carried ultrasound systems and, together with an emergency physician with extensive POCUS experience, trained three ambulance nurses and two nurse practitioners to scan the abdominal aorta. It quickly became part of our daily routine to scan patients’ aortas, gaining as much practise as possible. As nurse practitioners, we also received more advanced training in point-of-care ultrasound, including Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (eFAST), to allow additional conditions to be triaged.”
Geert-Jan Deddens, a nurse practitioner in emergency care with the Rotterdam Ambulance Service.