Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) or bedside ultrasound is an ultrasound that is performed by clinicians (not radiologists or ultrasonographers) in a clinic or at the patient's bedside.
POCUS is not ultrasound that is scheduled and performed in the departments of:
POCUS studies are limited in nature and answer questions directly impacting the patient's immediate care or help with improving safety during procedural guidance.
At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), a multidisciplinary system-wide POCUS steering committee has been developed, which is co-chaired by Petra Lewis, MD and Zachary Soucy, DO.
This committee is developing guidelines and processes to standardize the education, credentialing, performance, equipment, reporting, image storage, and infection control of all POCUS examinations.
D-HH departments who wish to perform POCUS should contact Drs. Soucy or Lewis or visit the D-HH POCUS Intranet website.
Note: You must be connected to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock network to access the Intranet. To connect to the network from a remote location, visit Secure Access.
Other institutions that are interested in the documentation and guidelines that we are developing may refer to the DHMC POCUS Assessment website to download resources.