The use of point-of-care ultrasound in the resource-limited setting

Tom Heller, Michaëla A.M. Huson, Sabine Bélard, Dan Kaminstein, Elizabeth Joekes

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Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is intended to rapidly assess patients when access to other diagnostic imaging modalities is limited. The advantage of POCUS is that clinicians can use real-time images rather than images recorded and reported by a sonographer or a radiologist, thus allowing immediate correlation of findings with signs and symptoms. Defining POCUS curricula appropriate to specific low resource settings will be important for targeted allocation of training resources. Bedside assessment of deep venous thrombosis is one of the most useful POCUS applications as it is easy to perform, and has immediate therapeutic consequences. As face-to-face POCUS training modules are by definition short and the trainer is usually only available for a short period of time, methods to ensure continuous support and quality assurance need to be considered when designing or implementing training. A POCUS protocol is therefore frequently used in trauma patients and is well established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRevolutionizing Tropical Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationPoint-of-Care Tests, New Imaging Technologies and Digital Health
Number of pages43
ISBN (Electronic)9781119282686
ISBN (Print)9781119282648
StatePublished - May 31 2019


  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Developing countries
  • Developing nations
  • Developing world
  • Diseases in the tropics
  • Dyspnoea
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Flank pain
  • Heart failure
  • Hypotension
  • Internal bleeding
  • LMICs
  • Low- to-middle-income countries
  • Pelvic pain
  • POC testing
  • Point-of-care testing
  • Soft tissue pain and swelling
  • Tropical diseases
  • Ultrasound examination
  • Ultrasound of abdomen
  • Ultrasound of neck
  • Ultrasound of pelvis
  • Ultrasound of soft tissues
  • Ultrasound of thorax
  • Ultrasound use in remote rural areas
  • Ultrasound use in the absence of x-ray facilities
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Wieght loss and night sweats

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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