The use of ultrasound (US) 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 scanning) it is a rapid technique that can be brought to the patient with ease. Increasingly, and especially in developed markets, ultrasound systems are being designed with a specific clinical application in mind.
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 (for example using ultrasound in the rapid diagnosis of DVT) makes it an invaluable addition to the library of any doctor with an interest in the technique, whether in primary care or the hospital setting.
McLaughlin, Russell E Clinical Director, Emergency Department, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, UK.
Atkinson, Paul Professor and Research Program Director, Emergency Medicine; Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine Research Committee,
Dalhousie University; Saint John, New Brunswick; Senior Editor, Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine..
Dr Paul Atkinson is an Emergency Physician with a wide experience in the practice of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care. His primary degrees are first class honours in physiology, and honours in medicine from The Queen's University of Belfast. His postgraduate training and higher specialist training in emergency medicine was completed in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cambridge, England and Sydney, Australia. He is currently Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Saint John Regional Hospital in New Brunswick, Canada, and Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. He is involved in the development of the specialty of emergency medicine at local, regional and national levels. His areas of special interest include physiological scoring in trauma and critical illness, emergency paediatrics, clinical decision rules, the use of acute assessment tools including chest pain management pathways, and emergency ultrasound in trauma and shock.
Henry, Jaimie L Registrar in Intensive Care, Mater Hospital Sydney / Northern Beaches Hospital, New South Wales, Australia.