POCUS can change lives and the outcome for your patients. Consider this case that I managed recently in which I was able to utilise a fantastic regional anaesthetic technique - the Serratus Anterior Plane Block (SAPB) that was taught to me by Arun Nagdev at the Das SMACC workshops. DISCLAIMER: We consider this a relatively … Continue reading Serratus Anterior Plane Block
Thoracic POCUS allows us to evaluate the dyspnoeic patient by checking for the presence of a pleural effusion In this clip there is a large volume of (anechoic) fluid above the diaphragm the lung edge is seen moving into the field with each respiration can you also see the small amount of free fluid … Continue reading Pleural effusion – pearls & pitfalls
Lung US was neglected as a diagnostic modality until it was realised that abnormal lung parenchyma was easily visualised using ultrasound. Point of care thoracic US (POCUS) is extremely useful in the Emergency Department. Can you see the bright torch-like projections beaming from the pleural surface? B lines have distinctive features - hyperechoic vertical ray … Continue reading What are B lines?
Thoracic US is one of the most useful point of care modalities available in the critical care setting. It is well recognised that bedside US outperforms clinical examination and plain radiography in the evaluation of certain pathologies in the hands of an experienced operator The ultrasound beam is completely reflected by air present in the … Continue reading Wondering about A lines?