WVC 92nd Annual Conference
Recent studies have demonstrated very poor to moderate agreement between Thoracic Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (T-FAST) protocols and CT scans when it comes to diagnosis pleural effusion and pneumothorax, and to some extent, lung pathology. This should not be the case! Using a binary approach, assessing the patient and asking the right clinical question based on clinical findings increases diagnostic accuracy, and makes point of care ultrasound rapid and easy to learn! This lecture, which will again be a banter filled co-lecture by a small animal internist (always has 100 diagnoses for every problem) and a small animal criticalist (rarely believes the internist is correct), will focus on a practical approach to point of care ultrasound that considers clinical findings and challenges current protocols by asking the question; “where will pathology accumulate” and subsequently, “what should we be sonographically looking for to answer binary, relevant, rapid, clinical, and often lifesaving questions”. Don’t simply put the probe on the patient or expect a “one protocol fits all” approach to be applicable to all situations; ask the right question and know how to modify protocols to increase the chance of success with pleural space and lung pathology! Part 2 of 4.