Journal article

CLINICAL IMPACT OF POINT-OF-CARE ULTRASOUND IN INTERNAL MEDICINE INPATIENTS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

Ximena Cid-Serra, William Hoang, Doa EL Ansary, David Canty, Alistai Royse, Colin Royse

ULTRASOUND IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2022

Abstract

The aim in this systematic review was to determine the effect of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) on the clinical decision-making process and patient outcomes in adults admitted to the general medicine ward. A comprehensive search was performed in MEDLINE (Ovid), EMBASE (Ovid), PubMed, the Cochrane Library, ClinicalTrials.gov, Scopus, LILACS and Cinahl. Articles had to fulfill the inclusion criteria of randomised or non-randomised studies assessing the impact of POCUS on the diagnosis, management, length of hospital stay or mortality of patients admitted to the internal medicine ward. Six studies were included involving a total of 1836 patients. The influence of POCUS on the diagnosis was re..

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