POCUS is an acronym which stands for Point of Care Ultrasound, a term that can be described as “a diagnostic or procedural guidance ultrasound that is performed by a clinician during a patient encounter to help guide the evaluation and management of the patient."
Not only can POCUS complement the history and physical exam -- providing more detail to inform our clinical decisions -- it also is an effective tool that can reduce costs of advanced imaging, improve patient care and patient safety, and increase face-to-face interactions between doctor and patient, thus increasing patient satisfaction. That list sounds a lot like something that meets the quadruple aim of providing higher-quality care and lower costs while improving patient and physician satisfaction.
• In many cases exceeds the standards of our physical exam
• Can be performed in several minutes, comparable to traditional
• Involves personal contact between physician and patient at the
• Immediate, repeatable
• Without any appreciated harms such as ionizing radiation
• After initial equipment purchase and training time, virtually free.
• Operator –dependent
• High start up costs
• Many limitations of technology compared to CT/ MRI