Focused abdominal sonogram for trauma: the learning curve of nonradiologist clinicians in detecting hemoperitoneum.

@article{Shackford1999FocusedAS,
  title={Focused abdominal sonogram for trauma: the learning curve of nonradiologist clinicians in detecting hemoperitoneum.},
  author={Steven R. Shackford and Frederick B. Rogers and Turner M. Osler and M E Trabulsy and Dorothea Clauss and Dennis W. Vane},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={1999},
  volume={46 4},
  pages={553-62; discussion 562-4}
}
BACKGROUND The focused abdominal sonogram for trauma (FAST) has been used by surgeons and emergency physicians (CLIN) to screen reliably for hemoperitoneum after trauma. Despite recommendations for "appropriate training," ranging from 50 to 400 proctored examinations, there are no supporting data. METHODS We prospectively examined the initial FAST experience of CLIN in detecting hemoperitoneum by using diagnostic peritoneal lavage, computed tomography, and clinical findings as the diagnostic… CONTINUE READING
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