Published: 12 December 2019
Author(s): J. Torres-Macho, T. Aro, I. Bruckner, C. Cogliati, O.H. Gilja, A. Gurghean, E. Karlafti, M. Krsek, Z. Monhart, A. Müller-Marbach, J. Neves, R. Sabio, C. Serra, N. Smallwood, C. Tana, O.A. Uyaroğlu, F. Von Wowern, F.H. Bosch, EFIM´s ultrasound working group.
Section: Original article

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is based on the systematic application of ultrasound as an extension to conventional physical examination. It helps with anatomical visualization, and detecting potential abnormalities in order to improve the physician´s diagnostic capability [1]. It is used in well-defined clinical settings at the bedside, and skills are usually acquired within a short training period [2–5]. The use of POCUS has increased significantly over the last few years in many specialties partly due to the significantly improved quality and reduced size of modern devices (including hand-held technology) [6] which provide images of highly acceptable quality making them ideal for immediate bedside use in a similar way to the traditional stethoscope [7].

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