Regulating Critical Care Ultrasound, It Is All in the Interpretation

Erik Su, Nilam J. Soni, Michael Blaivas, Vidit Bhargava, Katherine Steffen, Bereketeab Haileselassie

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Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) use is rapidly expanding as a practice in adult and pediatric critical care environments. In January 2020, the Joint Commission endorsed a statement from the Emergency Care Research Institute citing point-of-care ultrasound as a potential hazard to patients for reasons related to training and skill verification, oversight of use, and recordkeeping and accountability mechanisms for clinical use; however, no evidence was presented to support these concerns. Existing data on point-of-care ultrasound practices in pediatric critical care settings verify that point-of-care ultrasound use continues to increase, and contrary to the concerns raised, resources are becoming increasingly available for point-of-care ultrasound use. Many institutions have recognized a successful approach to addressing these concerns that can be achieved through multispecialty collaborations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E253-E258
JournalPediatric Critical Care Medicine
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • cardiology
  • certification
  • credentialing
  • echocardiography
  • education
  • quality assurance
  • radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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