Point of care ultrasound in the neonatal unit: Applications, training and accreditation.

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Point of care ultrasound in the neonatal unit: Applications, training and accreditation.

Early Hum Dev. 2019 Sep 02;:104847

Authors: Boyd S, Kluckow M

Abstract
Point-of-care, or clinician-performed ultrasound (CPU), is increasingly utilised within neonatology as a valuable adjunct to clinical examination. The ability to perform and interpret rapid, real-time, serial assessment of patient physiology at the bedside has seen the potential uses of CPU expand, with an evolving list of clinical and research applications. Benefits of functional assessment of neonatal haemodynamics in particular have been described across a range of gestational ages and disease states. Devising suitable curricula for trainees and ensuring robust processes for the training and credentialing of clinicians performing CPU is essential. Challenges to universal implementation of CPU in the neonatal intensive care setting exist, and regional differences in training and accreditation are well described. Appropriate integration into clinical decision-making and ensuring competency-based locally appropriate training programs, which build on an expanding evidence base, are key priorities in ensuring newborns receive optimal benefit from the modality.

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