Purpose of review
The use of POCUS has grown tremendously with the introduction of innovative, easy-to-carry and maneuver hand-held devices. This review focuses on nephrology-centric applications of POCUS that can be incorporated on a daily basis to make impactful and prompt clinical decisions.
We review articles covering use of POCUS in the dialysis unit, the Emergency Department, office, and ICU for assessment of volume status, access issues, stones, obstruction, and to help manage patients with AKI, shock, and heart failure.
POCUS is a welcome addition to our bedside diagnostic armamentarium and has great utility in nephrology. Trials are ongoing in evaluating outcomes with POCUS and physicians’ clinical experience using it has been extremely positive.