What is POCUS?
Point-of-care ultrasound, or POCUS, is the practice of using ultrasound at the bedside to assist healthcare providers in making clinical decisions regarding patient management. The portability of modern ultrasound devices has allowed for rapid assessment of clinical status, making it an effective tool even in remote and resource-limited settings.
Why is it important to learn?
POCUS has numerous important applications, complementing the history and physical examination to provide valuable information during resuscitation, procedural guidance, physiological monitoring, and diagnosis. Proficiency in POCUS may expedite care and flow, providing a cost-effective and non-invasive means to improve patient outcomes. The effectiveness of POCUS is user-dependent and thus developing this useful skill will continue to be important as POCUS becomes more widespread and prominent in daily practice.