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

Arif Hussain, Gabriele Via, Lawrence Melniker, Alberto Goffi, Guido Tavazzi, Luca Neri, Tomas Villen, Richard Hoppmann, Francesco Mojoli, Vicki Noble, Laurent Zieleskiewicz, Pablo Blanco, Irene W Y Ma, Mahathar Abd Wahab, Abdulmohsen Alsaawi, Majid Al Salamah, Martin Balik, Diego Barca, Karim Bendjelid, Belaid BouhemadPablo Bravo-Figueroa, Raoul Breitkreutz, Juan Calderon, Jim Connolly, Roberto Copetti, Francesco Corradi, Anthony J Dean, André Denault, Deepak Govil, Carmela Graci, Young-Rock Ha, Laura Hurtado, Toru Kameda, Michael Lanspa, Christian B Laursen, Francis Lee, Rachel Liu, Massimiliano Meineri, Miguel Montorfano, Peiman Nazerian, Bret P Nelson, Aleksandar N Neskovic, Ramon Nogue, Adi Osman, José Pazeli, Elmo Pereira-Junior, Tomislav Petrovic, Emanuele Pivetta, Jan Poelaert, Susanna Price, Gregor Prosen, Shalim Rodriguez, Philippe Rola, Colin Royse, Yale Tung Chen, Mike Wells, Adrian Wong, Wang Xiaoting, Wang Zhen, Yaseen Arabi

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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.

TidsskriftCritical Care
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 24. dec. 2020


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