The use of point-of-care ultrasound in Tshwane public and private sector emergency units

South African Family Practice

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Title The use of point-of-care ultrasound in Tshwane public and private sector emergency units
Creator Hurribunce, Nirvika Lalloo, Vidya Prozesky, Benjamin V. Human, Rulé Prozesky, Detlef R. Geyser, Maria M. Engelbrecht, Andreas
Subject Emergency medicine; Family medicine; Ultrasound point-of-care ultrasound; POCUS; emergency unit (EU); barriers to POCUS; indications for POCUS
Description Background: The use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is an essential skill in the practice of emergency medicine (EM), with benefit to patient care by improving diagnostic accuracy. Despite this, there exists little data evaluating the use of POCUS in South African emergency units (EUs.).Methods: One hundred and seventeen doctors working in 12 public and private sector EUs in Tshwane were included. A questionnaire was used comprising of descriptive data regarding doctor demographics, levels of experience, and outcome data including POCUS frequency use, training level, indications for, and barriers to its use.Results: Many participants were general practitioners working in EUs (58.1%) followed by EM specialists and EM registrars. Of these participants, 88% used POCUS. Seventy one percent received informal POCUS training only. The indications for POCUS use were similar for both public and private sector, with no significant differences in overall use. The only significant association to POCUS use was age ( 33.3 years) and number of years since qualification ( 6.9 years.) Lack of and/or access to training were the main reasons for not using POCUS (18.8%.) There were no significant differences in the barriers to the use of POCUS between the sectors.Conclusion: Point-of-care ultrasound is used similarly in both public and private sector EUs in Tshwane. Lack of and/or access to POCUS training are the main barrier to its use.Contribution: This study underlines the state of POCUS use in Tshwane and highlights the barriers to its use, thus allowing academic heads and hospital managers to address them.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-09-05
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — cross-sectional survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v65i1.5711
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 65, No 1 (2023): Part 4; 7 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa; City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality 2020 - 2022 emergency unit physicians
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Nirvika Hurribunce, Vidya Lalloo, Benjamin V. Prozesky, Rulé Human, Detlef R. Prozesky, Maria M. Geyser, Andreas Engelbrecht