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Sunday, July 31, 2022

US for SBO

SGEM#373 - By admin - July 30, 2022
Reference: Brower et al. Point-of-Care Ultrasound-First for the Evaluation of Small Bowel Obstruction: National Cost Savings, Length of Stay Reduction, and Preventable Radiation Exposure. AEM July 2022

CLINICAL QUESTION: 
DOES USING POINT OF CARE ULTRASOUND FIRST LINE IN SUSPECTED SMALL BOWEL OBSTRUCTION REDUCE COST, LENGTH OF STAY AND RADIATION EXPOSURE?
KEY RESULT: 
USING POCUS AS FIRST-LINE IMAGING IN SUSPECTED SBO COULD AVOID 143,000 CT SCANS ANNUALLY IN THE US POTENTIALLY SAVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
SGEM BOTTOM LINE: 
POCUS AS FIRST-LINE IMAGING IN SUSPECTED SBO COULD AVOID SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF CT SCANS IN US