Point-of-Care Screening Echocardiograms and their Potential Utility in the Acute Inpatient Medical Setting

Walker, H.; Short, N.

Acute Medicine 19(4): 201-208

2020


ISSN/ISBN: 1747-4892
PMID: 33215173
Document Number: 18235
Demands on echocardiography services are increasing annually. This Quality Improvement Project aimed to see whether a point of care screening echocardiography (SE) service in the acute inpatient medical setting might help reduce demand on full trans-thoracic echocardiography services (FE). The indication and results of all FE requests on the admission ward were analysed over a three-month period. Following this, it was considered whether a theoretical SE occurring prior, would have changed the on-going utilisation of FE resources. Of the 67 requests analysed, 57 underwent FE. 25% revealed no abnormality. In 47%, a SE prior may have changed the future use of FE resources. This small retrospective review highlights the potential benefits of a SE service and further work is required.

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Point-of-Care Screening Echocardiograms and their Potential Utility in the Acute Inpatient Medical Setting