Clinical Impact of Emergency Ultrasound by Emergency Physicians after Implementation in a Hospital in the NetherlandsSchönberger TJA*
Emergency Physician in Jeroen Bosch Hospital, s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
- *Corresponding Author:
- Schönberger TJA
Emergency Physician in Jeroen Bosch Hospital
s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
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Received Date: December 03, 2013; Accepted Date: February 24, 2014; Published Date: February 27, 2014
Citation: Schönberger TJA (2014) Clinical Impact of Emergency Ultrasound by Emergency Physicians after Implementation in a Hospital in the Netherlands. Emergency Med 4:180. doi:10.4172/2165-7548.1000180
Copyright: ©2014 Schonberger T, This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Although commonly performed in modern medicine, emergency ultrasound utilization by emergency physicians themselves is not common practise in The Netherlands, although the characteristics of critical care patients are the same worldwide. This article describes the impact of implementation of ultrasound on treatment of acutely ill patients. All ultrasound exams performed by the author during the first year after implementation are analysed and categorised according to the level of attribution to the diagnostic and therapeutic process.
On a total of 122 ultrasound exams on critical care patients, 27% of cases directly influenced the medical process and guided medical treatment. 91% of positive results were correct after comparison with final diagnosis at discharge or cause of death. In conclusion, emergency ultrasound by qualified emergency physicians is safe and effective in critical care.