Gyrfalcon: Let's replace a simple, cheap, easy to use technology with one that's expensive, harder to use and requires continuous maintenance.Sounds like the American Way.
JPINFV: You can use the same lubricating gel that you already have on the ambulance for things like NPAs if need be.
hardinparamedic: This article makes my head hurt. The stupid burns."Many authors have argued that ultrasound has become the stethoscope of the 21st century," Narula said. However, it is not found in every doctor's pocket because of its price, typically running from $8,000 to $10,000. Yeah. A high end, electronic amplification stethoscope that can not only hear a faint grade I murmur, but record it for you to review on your computer is like under 500 bucks."Medical students are now using it. We are training them with ultrasounds in the first years of medical school," Narula said.Why does someone need to break out an ultrasound machine to listen to breath sounds? To confirm tube placement in intubation or NG/OG tube procedures? Why do I need it to confirm that my albuterol/atrovent is working, or that they're moving air well? A doctor doesn't need ultrasound to identify a pneumo/hemo.Ultrasounds are great for placing a PICC or difficult IV access. They save radiation exposure in babies who have head trauma or are premature and need checked for a bleed. They can be lifesaving in rapid trauma exams.But to say they'll replace stethoscopes? At the risk of sounding like QA - that's stupid.
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