As anesthesiologists, we are constantly confronted with the need to make real-time decisions in patient management. Our decisions are guided by our ability to assess our patient's current situation and make a fast, accurate diagnosis, or at least exclude dangerous possibilities. Point-of-care ultrasound, or POCUS, has revolutionized the ability of bedside physicians to obtain diagnostic information with the availability of portable, reliable, safe, and low-cost imaging. Further, the utility and value of POCUS for cardiovascular, pulmonary, and abdominal POCUS is supported by an ever-expanding body of literature (Anesthesiology 2020;132:908-16; Anesth Analg 2017;124:753-60). Although the emergence of POCUS has exploded in recent years, incorporation into anesthetic practice is far from widespread.

The term POCUS refers to the use of ultrasound for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in real time. The physician performing the POCUS examination acquires and interprets the images, usually with the goal of answering a binary question....

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