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The role of PoCUS in the assessment of COVID-19 patients

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posted on 25.03.2022, 17:03 by John Karp, Karina Burke, Sarah-Marie Daubaras, Cian McDermott
The Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic has increased the burden of stress on the global healthcare system in 2020. Point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) is used effectively in the management of pulmonary, cardiac and vascular pathologies. POCUS is the use of traditional ultrasound imaging techniques in a focused binary manner to answer a specific set of clinical questions. This is an imaging technique that delivers no radiation, is inexpensive, ultraportable and provides results instantaneously to the physician operator at the bedside. In regard to the pandemic, PoCUS has played a significant adjunctive role in the diagnosis and management of co-morbidities associated with COVID-19. PoCUS also offers an alternative method to image obstetric patients and the pediatric population safely in accordance with the ALARA principle. Finally, there have been numerous PoCUS protocols describing the effective use of this technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Published Citation

Karp J, Burke K, Daubaras SM, McDermott C. The role of PoCUS in the assessment of COVID-19 patients. J Ultrasound. 2021:1–9.

Publication Date

19 April 2021

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  • Undergraduate Research


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