Abstract| Volume 57, ISSUE 4, P593-594, October 2019

The POCUS Pulse Check: A randomized controlled crossover study comparing pulse detection by palpation versus by point-of-care ultrasound

Badra K, Coutin A, Simard R, et al. Resuscitation 2019;139:17-23
      Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has become an important adjunct available for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in cardiac arrest. CPR depends on high-quality chest compressions with few interruptions, however detection of a pulse has been repeatedly shown to be unreliable and often leads to prolonged pauses in compressions. Ultrasound (US) provides a possible alternative method for pulse checks that could be more reliable than standard methods. The overall objective of this study was to determine whether healthcare providers could perform US pulse checks as quickly as manual pulse checks in cardiac arrest.
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