Core Applications of Point of Care Ultrasound

The Core Applications in point of care ultrasound (POCUS) represent a HIGHLY LIMITED use of ultrasound in potentially life-threatening situations when there is no time to involve radiological colleagues.

The most important applications of POCUS that have traditionally been taught to clinicians working in acute care settings have been the following:

  • pericardial tamponade and cardiac standstill
  • intraperitoneal hemorrhage in trauma
  • ruptured AAA
  • ruptured ectopic pregnancy

These indications facilitate patient management by enabling clinicians to detect pericardial effusions, free fluid in the abdomen, a dilated AAA and an intrauterine pregnancy.

CEUS deems these four indication of POCUS as the Core Applications as they should always form the core of a clinicians skill set in POCUS. More advanced applications can then be added to one's scope of pratice once they have become proficient in the core applications. 

Core POCUS Certification, offered by CEUS,  is of interest to any physician involved in the care of critically ill patients, but particularly emergency physicians, general surgeons, pediatritians, intensivists, vascular surgeons, cardiologists and gynecologists. Obviously, each of these specialties (other than emergency medicine) would not necessarily use all of these indications in their practice. For these physicians, CEUS offers a Limited Core Certification only covering those Core indications required to treat one's particular patient population.