Point-of-care ultrasonography by pediatric emergency medicine physicians

Pediatrics. 2015 Apr;135(4):e1113-22. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-0343.


Emergency physicians have used point-of-care ultrasonography since the 1990 s. Pediatric emergency medicine physicians have more recently adopted this technology. Point-of-care ultrasonography is used for various scenarios, particularly the evaluation of soft tissue infections or blunt abdominal trauma and procedural guidance. To date, there are no published statements from national organizations specifically for pediatric emergency physicians describing the incorporation of point-of-care ultrasonography into their practice. This document outlines how pediatric emergency departments may establish a formal point-of-care ultrasonography program. This task includes appointing leaders with expertise in point-of-care ultrasonography, effectively training and credentialing physicians in the department, and providing ongoing quality assurance reviews.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Credentialing
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Emergency Medicine / education
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Pediatrics / education
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultrasonography / instrumentation*
  • United States