Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Trauma Anesthesiologist

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date



Current anesthesiology reports




Gastric POCUS; Point of care ultrasound; Pre-hospital; Thoracic POCUS; Trauma; Traumatology


Purpose of Review: With advances in technology and availability of handheld ultrasound probes, studies are focusing on the perioperative care of patients, but a limited number specifically on trauma patients. This review highlights recent findings from studies using point of care ultrasound (POCUS) to improve the care of trauma patients. Recent Findings: Major findings include the use of POCUS to assess volume status of trauma patients upon arrival to measure the major vasculature. Additionally, several studies have advanced the use of POCUS to identify pneumothorax in trauma patients. Finally, the ASA POCUS certification and ASRA expert guidelines are examples of international organizations establishing guidelines for utilization and training of anesthesiologists in the field of POCUS, which will be discussed. Summary: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and considerable resources being diverted to fight this global healthcare crisis, advances are being made in utilization of POCUS to aid the care of trauma patients.


Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine