Cardiac US in the Emergency Department
1Emergency medicine, Peking Union Medical College, China
The practice of bedside ultrasound was pioneered in intensive care units by cardiologists for critical patients in the 1980s. In the past three decades, the bedside ultrasound exam has become a key assessment performed not only by intensivist physicians but also by emergency physicians due to its non-invasive and portable nature along with the benefits of avoiding ionizing radiation and ultrasound's relative low cost became a rapid assessment of patients for diagnosis and treatment. In the United States, bedside ultrasonography was identified as one of the essential skills for emergency medicine physicians in 2011 and its integration into the core curriculum of all emergency medicine residency training programs has been recommended by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
In the People's Republic of China, bedside ultrasound has been used since 2006 in emergency departments [ED] for the assessment of abdomen and guidance for vascular procedures. With the continuing development of EDs in China, increasing numbers of departments have their own devices, and more and more emergency physicians have begun to realize the usefulness of bedside ultrasound for rapidly assessing ED patients.
Over ten years after its first use, how widespread is ED bedside ultrasound use in China? To what degree is echocardiography felt to be a necessary and important skill for the emergency physician? This presentation aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the state of bedside echocardiagraphy practice more broadly in ED.