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Multi-organ point-of-care ultrasound for COVID-19 (PoCUS4COVID): international expert consensus

Published inCritical care, vol. 24, no. 1, 702
Publication date2020-12-24
First online date2020-12-24

COVID-19 has caused great devastation in the past year. Multi-organ point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) including lung ultrasound (LUS) and focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) as a clinical adjunct has played a significant role in triaging, diagnosis and medical management of COVID-19 patients. The expert panel from 27 countries and 6 continents with considerable experience of direct application of PoCUS on COVID-19 patients presents evidence-based consensus using GRADE methodology for the quality of evidence and an expedited, modified-Delphi process for the strength of expert consensus. The use of ultrasound is suggested in many clinical situations related to respiratory, cardiovascular and thromboembolic aspects of COVID-19, comparing well with other imaging modalities. The limitations due to insufficient data are highlighted as opportunities for future research.

  • COVID-19
  • Echocardiography
  • Focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS)
  • Lung ultrasound (LUS)
  • Point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS)
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • COVID-19 / diagnostic imaging
  • COVID-19 / therapy
  • Consensus
  • Echocardiography / methods
  • Echocardiography / standards
  • Expert Testimony / methods
  • Expert Testimony / standards
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Point-of-Care Systems / standards
  • Thromboembolism / diagnostic imaging
  • Thromboembolism / therapy
  • Triage / methods
  • Triage / standards
  • Ultrasonography / standards
Citation (ISO format)
HUSSAIN, Arif et al. Multi-organ point-of-care ultrasound for COVID-19 (PoCUS4COVID): international expert consensus. In: Critical care, 2020, vol. 24, n° 1, p. 702. doi: 10.1186/s13054-020-03369-5
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