Point-of-care ultrasound with pocket-size devices in emergency department

Echocardiography. 2019 Sep;36(9):1755-1764. doi: 10.1111/echo.14451. Epub 2019 Aug 8.


Point-of-care ultrasound is a useful tool for clinicians in the management of patients. Particularly in emergency department, the role of point-of-care ultrasound is strongly increasing due to the need for a rapid assessment of critically ill patients and to speed up the diagnostic process. Hand-carried ultrasound devices are particularly useful in emergency setting and allow rapid assessment of patient even in prehospital setting. This article will review the role of point-of-care ultrasonography, performed with pocket-size devices, in the management of patients presenting with acute onset of undifferentiating dyspnea, chest pain, and shock in emergency department.

Keywords: POCUS; chest pain; dyspnea; handheld ultrasound; lung ultrasound; shock.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chest Pain / diagnostic imaging
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dyspnea / diagnostic imaging
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Shock / diagnostic imaging
  • Ultrasonography / instrumentation*