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Point-of-care ultrasound

Edited by Dr Toru Kameda

This series was published in Journal of Intensive Care.

Portable ultrasound devices, which have become less expensive and higher quality, have come into wide use in emergency rooms and intensive care units. In recent years, the concept of point-of-care ultrasound has been become widely accepted. Point-of-care ultrasound has its value if it gives clinicians useful clinical information in a short time. Various clinical studies on point-of-care ultrasound were carried out based on the ideas of “extraction”, “creation” and “integration”. The “extraction” was that inspection items suitable for point-of-care ultrasound were extracted from comprehensive ultrasound in diagnostic radiology. The “creation” was that the findings were created by the clinician at bedside. The “integration” was that the findings in each region were integrated in patients with shock or dyspnea.