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Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2021;32(4): 344-352.
흉통 노인 환자에게 침상 옆 현장 초음파 검사는 충분히 시행되고 있나?: 응급센터에 내원한 비외상 환자를 중심으로
주지상1 , 강보승2 , 김창선2 , 신현구2 , 조용일1 , 이준기2
1한양대학교병원 응급의학과
2한양대학교 구리병원 응급의학과
Is the bedside on-site ultrasonography for elderly patients with chest pain sufficiently performed?: focused on non-traumatic patients who visited EDs
Jeesang Ju1 , Bossng Kang2 , Changsun Kim2 , Hyungoo Shin2 , Yongil Cho1 , Joonkee Lee2
1Department of Emergency Medicine, Hanyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Guri, Korea
Correspondence  Bossng Kang ,Tel: 031-560-2055, Fax: 031-560-2974, Email: olivertw@hanyang.ac.kr,
Received: June 30, 2020; Revised: October 12, 2020   Accepted: October 28, 2020.  Published online: August 31, 2021.
The bedside on-site ultrasound examination is a very useful diagnostic test for medically ill elderly emergency patients. However, it is not known whether it is being sufficiently used in the real world scenario. We investigated this aspect in patients with chest pain in two emergency departments in the Seoul metropolitan area.
Elderly patients with chest pain who visited the two emergency departments from January 2019 to December 2019 were recruited using the ‘cardiogenic pain’ code, which is the third step classification of the Korean Triage and Acuity Scale, and their medical records were reviewed to confirm whether an emergency physician-performed ultrasound prescription code was entered.
Of the 744 elderly patients with chest pain, 66 were given bedside on-site ultrasound examinations. The rate of examination was 8.8%. Among the emergency departments, the local emergency departments accounted for 33 out of 389 patients (8.5%), and the regional emergency department accounted for 33 out of 355 (9.3%).
These results raise the need to check the extent of bedside on-site ultrasound examinations that are conducted in the initial care of medically ill emergency elderly patients nationwide.
Key words: Chest pain; Elderly; Ultrasound
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