Procedural Ultrasound

Look Before You Stick!

Look Before You Stick


So ultrasound can be helpful in any procedure where you are trying to access fluid, but an important principle is that before you put a needle in something, you want to make sure there actually is a fluid collection that you can access. This is an example of a patient who was thought to have a joint effusion at the metacarpophalengeal joint of the hand-it was swollen and tender, but when you look with ultrasound, if you look carefully you can see

? v:1 | onAr:0 | onPs:2 | tLb:0 | pv:1
uStat: False | db:0 | cc: | tar: False
| cDbLookup # 0 | pu: False | pl: System.Collections.Generic.List`1[System.String]
em: | newuser: False

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