2 - International Conference in Emergency Medicine and Public Health-Qatar Proceedings
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • EISSN: 1999-7094


Point-of-care ultrasound is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and management of many conditions presenting to emergency departments across the world. It has also improved the success rate of invasive bedside procedures.

This study aimed to investigate the current utilization of point of care ultrasound in a large tertiary care emergency department in the Middle East and to identify barriers to its utilization.

A cross sectional survey of emergency physician's experience with ultrasound was conducted, examining training, exposure and barriers to use. This paper-based survey was completed by the participants in the presence of study authors to improve compliance. Data was collected over a period of two months, from October to November 2014.

One hundred and five (105) physicians participated in the survey. Fifty-six physicians had prior training in ultrasonography from courses approved by The Royal College of Emergency Medicine in the United Kingdom, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Twenty-two physicians had undertaken other non-accredited ultrasound courses. All of them reported an improvement in their procedural skills by employing ultrasound. Perceived lack of time in the Emergency Department was the main barrier to scanning. Other hurdles included a deficiency of trained personnel for guidance, shortage of equipment and a lack of experience and interest. Hands on training were stated as the preferred method for enhancing ultrasonography skills.

There has been underutilization of point-of-care ultrasound by emergency physicians. Availability of dedicated time, equipment, supervision and training will help to increase its usage.


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