Thanks to the Good Friday Appeal, The Royal Children’s Hospital is establishing a Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program (POCUS).
POCUS will see a clinician who is managing a patient conduct the ultrasound, rather than a medical imaging specialist or sonographer. POCUS will be used to answer specific clinical questions to assist clinicians in decision-making as they gather information on the patient including their medical history and physical examinations.
Research increasingly shows that POCUS programs can hasten clinical diagnosis, inform the clinician about ordering subsequent medical imaging, make invasive procedures less painful, improve procedural success, improve patient flow, and increase patient satisfaction.
To support the new POCUS program, new ultrasound machines will be purchased for use around the hospital. These ultrasound machines will enable direct integration with hospital technology and will ensure each department has the equipment they need to implement POCUS.
Once successfully implemented, POCUS will decrease the demand for Medical Imaging appointments and improve the care clinicians can provide to their patients.
Image: RCH Melbourne – Creative Service Photography
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