The use of ultrasound in emergency medicine has proved invaluable in answering very specific, time-critical questions, such as the presence of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or of blood in the abdomen after trauma. Unlike other imaging modalities (e.g. CT scan) it is a rapid technique that can be brought to the patient with ease.
This book, Emergency Ultrasound Made Easy, is accessible and easy to use in an emergency. It is aimed mainly at specialists and trainees in emergency medicine, surgery and intensive care; but its broad scope (e.g. rapid diagnosis of DVT) makes it an invaluable addition to the library of any doctor with an interest in ultrasound, whether in primary care or the hospital setting.
How ultrasound works
Focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST) and EFAST
Lung and thorax
Focused echocardiography and volume assessment
Gallbladder and common bile duct
Ultrasound guided procedures
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Musculoskeletal and soft tissues
Soft-tissue foreign bodies
Emergency ultrasound in combat/austere settings
Appendix 1. Useful paperwork: logbook sheet
Appendix 2. Useful organisations
Appendix 3. Further reading
McLaughlin, Russell E Clinical Director, Emergency Department, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, UK.