Point-of-Care Ultrasonography in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

Crit Care Nurs Q. Apr/Jun 2018;41(2):94-101. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000190.


To stabilize critically ill patients, emergency and critical care medicine providers often require rapid diagnosis and intervention. The demand for a safe, timely diagnostic device, alongside technological innovation, led to the advent of point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS). POCUS allows the provider to gain invaluable clinical information with a high level of accuracy, leading to better clinical decision-making and improvements in patient safety. We have outlined the history of POCUS adaptation in emergency and critical care medicine and various clinical applications of POCUS described in literature.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems / history*
  • Ultrasonography / history*
  • Ultrasonography / methods