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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 105-109

Accuracy of PoCUS in diagnosing acute dyspnea in ED

1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Indiana Hospital and Heart Institute, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Delma D’Cunha
Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/DYPJ.DYPJ_31_22

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Introduction: Acute dyspnea is a common symptom in the emergency department (ED). Diagnosis and management of patients presenting with acute dyspnea is one of the major challenges for physicians in the ED. A correct diagnosis is frequently delayed and difficult to ascertain, and clinical uncertainty is common, explaining the need for rapid diagnosis and a management plan. The standard approach to dyspnea often relies on radiologic and laboratory results, causing an excessive delay before adequate therapy is started. The use of an integrated point-of-care ultrasonography (PoCUS) approach can shorten the time needed to formulate a diagnosis, while maintaining an acceptable safety profile. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective study on 88 patients aged above 18 years who came with a complaint of acute dyspnea to emergency room of a tertiary care center in Mangalore, Karnataka, over a period of 1 year from September 2017 to September 2018. Results: The accuracy of PoCUS in diagnosing acute dyspneic patients was found to be 93.8% in our study. Conclusion: PoCUS is a great tool in all emergency settings to deliver a better care.

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