This is POCUS Cases 2 – Pneumothorax. In case you haven’t heard yet, the EM Cases POCUS Cases Video Series has officially been launched!
POCUS Cases is an original EM Cases video series led by Dr. Robert Simard, an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Rob always wished he had x-ray vision…but since he possesses no special powers…using Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is the next closest thing. He completed a POCUS fellowship at NOSM and teaches POCUS nationally and internationally. He is the creator POCUS Cases, an original EM cases screencast that provides POCUS clinical pearls in an engaging and fun way that will help you provide stellar care to your patients.
In this POCUS Cases 2 – Pneumothorax, Dr. Simard explains the limitations of supine chest x-rays for ruling out pneumothorax in trauma patients, how to recognize lung sliding and/or comet tails on POCUS and how to understand that they rule out pneumothorax in supine trauma patients, how to recognize the lung point in pneumothorax and distinguishing it from physiologic lung points, and how to understand the limitations and false positives of pneumothorax POCUS.
Keep your eyes open for a new POCUS Cases each month!
Additional EM Cases resources on pneumothorax: Journal Jam 2 – Small bore chest tube and outpatient management of pneumothorax