Point-of-care ultrasonography by pediatric emergency physicians. Policy statement

Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Apr;65(4):472-8. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.01.028.


Point-of-care ultrasonography is increasingly being used to facilitate accurate and timely diagnoses and to guide procedures. It is important for pediatric emergency physicians caring for patients in the emergency department to receive adequate and continued point-of-care ultrasonography training for those indications used in their practice setting. Emergency departments should have credentialing and quality assurance programs. Pediatric emergency medicine fellowships should provide appropriate training to physician trainees. Hospitals should provide privileges to physicians who demonstrate competency in point-of-care ultrasonography. Ongoing research will provide the necessary measures to define the optimal training and competency assessment standards. Requirements for credentialing and hospital privileges will vary and will be specific to individual departments and hospitals. As more physicians are trained and more research is completed, there should be one national standard for credentialing and privileging in point-of-care ultrasonography for pediatric emergency physicians.

Keywords: emergency department; imaging; pediatric emergency medicine; point of care; ultrasonography; ultrasound.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Credentialing / standards
  • Emergency Medicine / education
  • Emergency Medicine / instrumentation
  • Emergency Medicine / standards*
  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems / standards*
  • Ultrasonography / standards*
  • United States