LUNG ULTRASOUND AND COVID-19
POCUS is playing a critical role during the global COVID-19 crisis.
Unlike a chest x-ray, lung ultrasound can detect the virus in its early stages, has a lower rate of false negatives, and has better negative predictive value. 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 see how POCUS is proving to be the ideal tool for screening and monitoring COVID patients in the United States, Italy, and around the world.
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.
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.
A 50 second demonstration of how to perform the 12-zone COVID lung ultrasound scanning protocol.
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Learn the key evidence behind lung ultrasound.
Learn the basics of how to scan for a pneumothorax, pleural effusion, pulmonary edema, and pneumonia.
See what pneumothoraces, pleural effusions, pulmonary edema, and pneumonias look like on lung ultrasound.
Learn the most useful troubleshooting techniques to optimize your lung ultrasound scans.
Understand how to integrate your lung ultrasound findings into your medical decision making for the patient sitting in front of you.
Get a summary of the key findings, scanning techniques, pathology, troubleshooting, and clinical integration for lung ultrasound.
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.