I used to say that POCUS was the way of the future, but clearly the future is here. POCUS is nearly ubiquitous in the ED and ICU these days. If you don’t know how to use it, not just for procedures but also for diagnosis and management, then you’re behind. This is why we include a dedicated POCUS curriculum for our critical care APP fellows at UK and why we’re incorporating more and more of it into the curriculum of the ACNP program at Georgetown. The Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Neurocritical Care Society are both actively involved in encouraging ICU providers to become proficient in and use POCUS. The current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has a nice review of the current state of the art when it comes to POCUS, covering the pros and cons, clinical applications, competency and training, and emerging trends. The paper itself is behind a paywall, but if you have access to any kind of medical library, you should be able to get it through your institution.
Read it here.