Table 2

Change in diagnosis, management plan or treatment following the use of point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS)

POCUS application*NChange in the tentative diagnoses,
n (%)
Change in the intended management plan
n (%)
Change in the intended treatment
n (%)
Overall change†,
n (%)
Heart3423 (68)20 (59)10 (29)29 (85)
Lung4426 (59)23 (52)15 (34)37 (84)
Upper abdomen3622 (61)17 (47)11 (31)25 (69)
Urinary tract6741 (61)35 (52)20 (30)50 (75)
Obstetric and gynaecological16561 (37)83 (50)35 (21)97 (59)
Ascites1510 (67)9 (60)8 (53)10 (67)
Aorta2925 (86)11 (38)5 (17)26 (90)
Deep vein thrombosis1310 (77)10 (77)4 (31)12 (92)
Musculoskeletal15776 (48)90 (57)55 (35)124 (79)
Subcutaneous process3116 (52)18 (58)10 (32)22 (71)
Thyroid64 (67)1 (17)1 (17)5 (83)
Other4021 (53)18 (45)7 (18)26 (65)
Total528261 (49)269 (51)140 (27)379 (72)
  • *The following registered scanning modalities are categorised according to POCUS application: upper abdominal organs (including liver, gall bladder, pancreas), urinary tract (including kidney, and bladder), obstetric and gynaecological (including uterus, ovaries, placenta, fetus and fossa douglasi), musculoskeletal (including joints, muscle, tendon, bone, and joint puncture). The others category includes free text answers and registered applications with a frequency below five examinations.

  • ‚ĆOverall change includes change in either diagnoses, management plan and/or treatment.