Emerg Med Clin North Am 2021 Aug 11;39(3):529-554. Epub 2021 Jun 11.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine, 300 Pasteur Drive, Room M121, Alway Building MC 5768, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.
Point-of-care ultrasound can improve efficacy and safety of pediatric procedures performed in the emergency department. This article reviews ultrasound guidance for the following pediatric emergency medicine procedures: soft tissue (abscess incision and drainage, foreign body identification and removal, and peritonsillar abscess drainage), musculoskeletal and neurologic (hip arthrocentesis, peripheral nerve blocks, and lumbar puncture), vascular access (peripheral intravenous access and central line placement), and critical care (endotracheal tube placement, pericardiocentesis, thoracentesis, and paracentesis). By incorporating ultrasound, emergency physicians caring for pediatric patients have the potential to enhance their procedural scope, confidence, safety, and success. Read More