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.
Where can I learn more about POCUS?
There are many resources available to learn more about POCUS. Numerous websites outline the basics of image acquisition, and in-person courses are available to gain hands-on experience. Courses are catered to a variety of skill levels, with some offering certification. Completion of the ARCTICA modules provides learners with the basics of cardiac and lung POCUS. The POCUS Journal is a peer-reviewed publication that contains the latest research, case reports, and protocols on POCUS. The November 2020 issue contains a publication detailing the developments and projected plans of the Accelerated Remote Consultation Tele-POCUS in Cardiopulmonary Assessment (ARCTICA) study.