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Early Screening for Aortic Dissection With Point-of-Care Ultrasound by Emergency Physicians: A Prospective Pilot Study

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Wang Y, Yu H, Cao Y, Wan Z.

J Ultrasound Med. 2020



To investigate the effect of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) use by emergency physician (EPs) on the diagnosis, treatment, and safety of POCUS in patients with aortic dissection (AD) in emergency settings.


Patients presenting to the emergency department of West China Hospital of Sichuan University with suspected AD from July 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016 were divided into a control group and an ultrasound (US) group. The control group was evaluated by routine procedures for triage, diagnosis, and treatment. In addition, an EP POCUS examination was performed in the US group. The patients in the US group were furtherly divided into subgroup A and subgroup B according to the Stanford type of AD. The sensitivity and specificity of EP POCUS compared to computed tomographic angiography (CTA) were compared. The door-to-CTA examination time, door-to-diagnosis time, door-to-targeted treatment time, and outcome...

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