LUNG ULTRASOUND AND COVID-19

While COVID vaccines are being distributed, the disease is still very much with us. POCUS continues to play a critical role on the frontlines, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Unlike a chest x-ray, lung ultrasound can detect the virus in its early pulmonary stages, has a lower rate of false negatives, and has better negative predictive value. Unlike a CT scan, lung ultrasound has no radiation and does not require moving a patient and risking spreading the virus throughout the facility. Unlike a PCR swab, lung ultrasound offers immediate bedside results if the patient has evidence of COVID pneumonia.Unlike a CT scan, lung ultrasound does not require moving a patient and risking spreading the virus throughout the hospital. Unlike a PCR swab, lung ultrasound is fast, and offers immediate bedside results if the patient has evidence of COVID pneumonia.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the value of POCUS for COVID.

COVID-19 VIDEOS

On the Frontlines

We interview 4 ER physicians on the front-lines of COVID-19 in Italy and NYC about how and why they are using lung ultrasound every day to make better clinical decisions for COVID patients.

POCUS For COVID-19

An 20 minute high-yield video which reviews the rationale behind the the use of lung ultrasound in COVID, the basics of lung ultrasound, pathologic findings in COVID pneumonia, and COVID clinical cases.

Scanning For COVID Pneumonia

A 50 second demonstration of how to perform the 12-zone COVID lung ultrasound scanning protocol.

 

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Literature

Learn the key evidence behind lung ultrasound.

Scanning Techniques

Learn the basics of how to scan for a pneumothorax, pleural effusion, pulmonary edema, and pneumonia.

Pathology

 See what pneumothoraces, pleural effusions, pulmonary edema, and pneumonias look like on lung ultrasound.

Troubleshooting

 Learn the most useful troubleshooting techniques to optimize your lung ultrasound scans.

Clinical Integration

 Understand how to integrate your lung ultrasound findings into your medical decision making for the patient sitting in front of you.

Summary

Get a summary of the key findings, scanning techniques, pathology, troubleshooting, and clinical integration for lung ultrasound.

RESOURCES

Butterfly iQ’s excellent COVID-19 resource page with everything you need to know about lung ultrasound in COVID.

EMCrit’s comprehensive monograph discussion of all aspects of COVID diagnosis and management, including lung ultrasound.

Zedu Ultrasound Training (Australia): Daily updated list of POCUS for COVID new publications, training videos, FOAM, and other useful resources.

American Society of Echocardiography recommendations on using POCUS during the COVID Pandemic.

A study published in The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine explores the challenges of using chest x-rays for detecting COVID-19. It found that chest x-rays obtained from 636 confirmed and symptomatic COVID-19 patients presenting to Urgent Care in the NYC area were normal in 58.3% of cases, and normal or only mildly abnormal in 89% of patients.