Volume 23 Supplement 1
Patient-rated level of discomfort during assessment with point-of-care ultrasonography
© Laursen et al. 2015
Published: 16 July 2015
This study aimed to assess the patient-rated level of discomfort during point-of-care ultrasonography of the heart, lungs, and deep veins in a population of patients admitted to an emergency department with respiratory symptoms and to what extent the patients would accept being assessed by the use of point-of-care ultrasonography if they had to be examined for possible disease.
A questionnaire-based observational study was conducted in an emergency department. Inclusion criteria were one or more of the following: respiratory rate > 20/minute, oxygen saturation < 95%, oxygen therapy initiated, dyspnoea, cough or chest pain. Patients were examined by the use of point-of-care ultrasonography of the heart, lungs, and deep veins. Patient-rated level of discomfort and acceptance were assessed using a standardised questionnaire.
A total of 1,130 patients were assessed for eligibility, of which 299 (26.5%) patients were included. 26 patients was not able to fill out the questionnaire and 2 patients withdrew informed consent, leaving 271 patients available for study analysis. The median duration of the sonographic examinations was 12 minutes (IQR 11-13, range 9-23). The median patient-rated level of discomfort for all three types of sonography was 1 (IQR 1-1, range 1-8) on a scale from 1 to 10. All but one patient (99.6% (95% CI: 98.9-100%)), would accept being examined by the use of point-of-care ultrasonography as a part of routine emergency department diagnostics.
The patient-rated level of discomfort during point-of-care ultrasonography of the heart, lungs, and deep veins is very low and the vast majority of patients would accept being assessed by the use of point-of-care ultrasonography if the patients once again had to be examined for possible disease.
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