Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Trauma

Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2018 Aug;39(4):374-383. doi: 10.1053/j.sult.2018.03.007. Epub 2018 Mar 29.


The use of point-of-care ultrasound in trauma is widespread. Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma examination is a prototypical bedside examination used by the treating provider to quickly determine need for intervention and appropriate patient disposition. The role of bedside ultrasound in trauma, however, has expanded beyond the Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma examination. Advancements in diagnostics include contrast-enhanced ultrasound, thoracic, and musculoskeletal applications. Ultrasound is also an important tool for trauma providers for procedural guidance including vascular access and regional anesthesia. Its portability, affordability, and versatility have made ultrasound an invaluable tool in trauma management in resource-limited settings. In this review, we discuss these applications and the supporting evidence for point-of-care ultrasound in trauma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnostic imaging*