Improving the Safety and Quality of Pediatric Emergency Care With Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Part 2

April 27, 2018

Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control
Stephanie J. Doniger, MD, RDMS, FAAP, FACEP

In the second part of this article that discusses how point-of-care ultrasound can improve the safety and quality of care delivered to children in an emergency room or department, Dr. Stephanie Doniger continues to outline important diagnostic and procedural applications of ultrasound used at the point-of-care. Dr. Doniger writes about using ultrasound-guided vascular access to achieve the “one-stick standard,” especially with pediatric patients, particularly those who are smaller, dehydrated or chronically ill. She outlines the cost-effectiveness case for using ultrasound as the initial Test for Suspected Pediatric Appendicitis and how it allows for achieving nearly perfect accuracy for diagnosing intussusception. Dr. Doniger also provides evidence and explains the data regarding the use of ultrasound versus x-ray in a number of applications that happen with children more than adults, like the removal of foreign bodies.

 

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