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Point of care and intensive care lung ultrasound: A reference guide for practitioners during COVID-19.

Authors
  • Moore, S1
  • Gardiner, E2
  • 1 NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, UK.
  • 2 Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Radiography (London, England : 1995)
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2020
Volume
26
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.radi.2020.04.005
PMID: 32327383
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Current events with the recent COVID-19 outbreak are necessitating steep learning curves for the NHS workforce. Ultrasound, although not used in the diagnosis of COVID-19 may be utilised by practitioners at the point of care (POC) or on the intensive care units (ITUs) where rapid assessment of the lung condition may be required. The aim of this article was to review current literature surrounding the use of lung ultrasound in relation to COVID-19 and provide Sonographers with a quick and digestible reference guide for lung pathologies. Ultrasound is being used in Italy and China to help review lung condition during the COVID-19 outbreak however not strictly as a diagnostic tool as Computed Tomography (CT) of the chest and chest radiographs are currently gold standard. Ultrasound is highly sensitive in the detection of multiple lung pathologies which can be demonstrated in conjunction with COVID-19 however to date there are no specific, nor pathognomonic findings which relate to COVID-19 on ultrasound. Lung ultrasound is highly sensitive and can quickly and accurately review lung condition creating potential to assess for changes or resolution over time, especially in the ITU and POC setting. However it should not be used as a diagnostic tool for COVID-19 due to low specificity in relation to the virus. The adoption of lung ultrasound to monitor lung condition during the COVID-19 outbreak may reduce the need for serial exposure to ionising radiation on the wards and in turn reduce the number of radiographers required to attend infected wards and bays, protecting both patients and the workforce. © 2020 The College of Radiographers. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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