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Impact of a Hand Held Ultrasound Machine (HHUSM) in Pulmonologist's Clinical Hospital Practice: Experience of Nine Months

Michele Gallo*, MD
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A. O. Villa Sofia Cervello, Palermo, Italy


Chest. 2012;142(4_MeetingAbstracts):553A. doi:10.1378/chest.1388428
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Abstract

SESSION TYPE: Imaging Posters

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: HHUSM utilization is spreading outside radiology department at the point of care to guide some procedures and to assist clinical evaluation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of HHUSM utilization in the pulmonologist’s hospital practice .

METHODS: An ultrasound report was written by the P after each examination Thoracic ultrasound evaluation (TUSE) a database was created after nine months. This database was analized to deduce the impact of HHUSM in pulmonology practice.

RESULTS: Data are summarized in Table 1: 146 TUSE were analized; 108 were used in the clinical setting of lung opacities in the chest X ray and ultrasound assisted thoracentesis. According to the pulmonologist's Knowledge , 38 TUSE were applied in critical care setting TABLE 1 INDICATION FOR USING THORACIC ULTRASOUND EVALUATION (TUSE) I am not able to upload the table

CONCLUSIONS: HHUSM utilization is really important in several clinical situation. Limitations of tecnique were the operator's knowledge and the standardisation of the skillfulness outside radiology department Waiting for gold standard examination HHUSM utilization could help in clinical procedures and decisions. When applied al point of care.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: The use of HHUSM is important at point of care to screen multiple clinical problems also in chest diseases an area traditionally believed with no room for ultrasound

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Michele Gallo

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A. O. Villa Sofia Cervello, Palermo, Italy

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