Ecografia à Cabeceira do Doente na Medicina Interna: Uma Mudança de Paradigma na Avaliação do Doente Agudo

José Mariz, Rafael Silva, Miguel Romano, António Gaspar, António Pedro Gonçalves, João Paulo Silva, Marco Antonio Carvalho Filho, Thiago Martins Santos, Jorge Teixeira

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The point of care ultrasound (POCUS) presents itself as the fifth pillar of the physical examination, pairing with inspec-tion, percussion, palpation and auscultation. After the initial usage, in the beginning of the 80’s for the evaluation of ab-dominal trauma, the POCUS became a daily practice in the critical patient evaluation, either in Critical Care Units or in Emergency Departments, assuming, nowadays, an impor-tant role of a large variety of clinical protocols. In this review, the authors propose to revise the established applications of POCUS and point out its practical consequences in med-ical daily routines as well as reaffirm the importance that it can and must have in pre- and post-graduated medical ed-ucation. The authors strongly believe that the competences hereby presented will, shortly, be included in the core com-petences of internal medicine
Original languagePortuguese
JournalMedicina Interna
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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