Emergency POCS is a versatile diagnostic and procedural tool that has improved patient care in the fast-paced world of the ED for nearly 2 decades. As utilization further increases, so will the risk of liability. However, a recent study evaluated a large legal database and found no recorded cases brought against emergency physicians for using ultrasonography to aid in their evaluation of patients. Conversely, their search did uncover a single case whereby the emergency physician had been subjected to legal scrutiny for not using POCS.47Emergency POCS programs must be developed according to specialty-specific training, documentation, and quality assurance guidelines. Recognizing the unique role and limitations of POCS by recalling the pitfalls and pearls discussed will help the emergency physician use POCS safely and efficiently.
- Clinical pearls
- Clinical pitfalls
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging