POCUS Cases 9 – Abdominal Free Fluid

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the role of POCUS in the trauma patient
  2. To review the data on the accuracy of POCUS for abdominal free fluid
  3. To review the limitations of POCUS for abdominal free fluid


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  2. Von Kuenssberg Jehle, D., Stiller, G., & Wagner, D. (2003). Sensitivity in detecting free intraperitoneal fluid with the pelvic views of the FAST exam. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 21(6), 476-478. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0735-6757(03)00162-1