Point-of-care Ultrasound in Morbidity and Mortality Cases in Emergency Medicine: Who Benefits the Most?

Who Benefits the Most?

Andrew J. Goldsmith, MD, MBA; Hamid Shokoohi, MD MPH; Michael Loesche, MD, PhD; Ravish C. Patel; Heidi Kimberly, MD; Andrew Liteplo, MD


Western J Emerg Med. 2020;21(6):172-178. 

In This Article


In our study, the use of POCUS could potentially have positively impacted 33% of departmental M&M cases in which there were concerns about patient care. POCUS would be most likely to prevent M&M in patients with chest pain, shortness of breath, trauma, tachycardia, or hypoxia. Cardiac and lung ultrasound were the applications felt to have the greatest potential to minimize M&M. Clinical integration is an essential component of POCUS competency, and it should be prioritized and taught in appropriate platforms. This information can be useful in guiding POCUS educational curricula and clinical decision-making. A prospective study is needed to determine the actual impact of POCUS on patient-centered outcomes in high-risk patients in the ED.