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Title: Physician performed chest ultrasound: progress and future directions
Austin Authors: Denton, Eve J;Hannan, Liam M ;Hew, M
Affiliation: Respiratory Medicine, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 5-Mar-2017
Date: 2017-03-05
Publication information: Internal Medicine Journal 2017; 47(3):306-311
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Pleural ultrasound guidance reduces complications of pleural procedures, and lung ultrasound can diagnose the cause of acute respiratory failure. Yet as recently as five years ago, many respiratory physicians lacked sufficient access, training and expertise to perform chest ultrasound. AIMS: This study examines whether progress has been achieved in chest ultrasound amongst respiratory physicians in Australia and New Zealand. METHODS: We conducted a web-based chest ultrasound survey of adult respiratory physicians across Australia and New Zealand. We also surveyed advanced trainees. RESULTS: The response rate was 38% among respiratory physicians. Between 2011 and 2016, access to bedside ultrasound increased from 53% to 90%. The proportion arranging ultrasound guidance for pleural aspiration rose from 66% to 95%. The proportion demonstrably competent in pleural ultrasound increased from 4% to 21%. In 2016, 67% of physicians and 80% of advanced trainees reported available workplace supervision for ultrasound training. Use of lung ultrasound to diagnose acute pulmonary oedema and consolidation improved from 2011 but remained low at 25% and 20% respectively. CONCLUSIONS: These results establish pleural ultrasound guidance for pleural procedures as the standard of care in our region. However, lung ultrasound remains underutilized. Ultrasound training can and should be incorporated into specialist respiratory training.
DOI: 10.1111/imj.13328
Journal: Internal Medicine Journal
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Lung
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