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Ultrasound G.E.L.

Ultrasound G.E.L. – POCUS for Peritonsillar Abscess

Do you use ultrasound for suspected peritonsillar abscess (PTA)? Some of us probably do, some don't - but what does the evidence say?? Does it help the clinician? and (dare we ask) does it help the patient? This paper is potentially the best data we currently have on the topic. Mike and special guest Kim Fender dive straight into the purulence of this fluctuant topic.

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Ultrasound G.E.L. – PEA Arrest

This is the second study from the REASON group - one of the most rigorously performed studies of ultrasound in cardiac arrest. In this article, they are looking at the population in pulseless electrical activity (PEA) with cardiac motion on ultrasound. From this group, they differentiate those with organized rhythms. The idea is that perhaps this population would have a different survival or respond to treatments differently. By reanalyzing their previous data, they are able to answer these questions.

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Ultrasound G.E.L. – GI Bleed Risk

It's not what you think - POCUS is not going to be used to diagnose a GI bleed. However, perhaps it can be used to risk stratify this diverse group of patients. These authors had the idea to check IVC, echo, and LVOT VTI to see if it could help predict which patients are going to have adverse events from their bleed.

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Ultrasound G.E.L. – Deep Learning for Peripheral IV Anatomy

Deep learning is a branch of artificial intelligence that holds a lot of promise for point-of-care ultrasound, but we don't have much data on how it performs. The fearless investigators in this fascinating study train a deep learning algorithm to recognize sonographic anatomy of the upper extremity and then pit it against expert POCUS users to see who can interpret the images most accurately!