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Utilization of Point-of-Care Ultrasonography (POCUS) for Small Bowel Obstruction

Elliott, Kyle R., MNSc, APRN, AGACNP-BC; Dunn, Matthew J., DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC; Krueger, Timothy D., DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Steele, David A., DNP, APRN, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C

Section Editor(s): Ramponi, Denise R. DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAEN, FAANP, CEN; Column Editor

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April/June 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 2 - p 107–110
doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000237

Small bowel obstruction is a frequently encountered condition throughout emergency departments and accounts for a large number of surgical hospital admissions. Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) by emergency providers can serve as a valuable tool to assist in prompt and accurate diagnosis, which could potentially reduce the quantity of undesirable effects such as radiation and cost seen with other advanced imaging modalities (e.g., computed tomography).

Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, St James, Minnesota (Mr Elliott and Drs Krueger and Steele); and Emergency Medicine, and Mayo Clinic Health System, Waseca, Minnesota (Dr Dunn).

Corresponding Author: Kyle R. Elliott, MNSc, APRN, AGACNP-BC, Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, 1101 Moulton and Parsons Dr, St James, MN 56081 (

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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