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Focused Assessment Sonography Trauma (F.A.S.T. Trauma)

Date: March 16 - 21, 2015     Location: Dr. Marcelino Velez Hospital

The clinical aspects of this guideline (Indications/Contraindications, Specifications for individual Examinations and Equipment Specifications) as well as Responsibilities of the Ultrasound Tech, ER Doctor/Physician, were developed by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Certification Medical Association (NCMA). Recommendations for physician, ER doctors, Ultrasound techs qualifications, procedure documentation and quality control vary among these organizations and are addressed by each separately.

These guidelines provide clinical assistance to practitioners performing focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) ultrasound examinations. The FAST Ultrasound examination is a proven and useful procedure for the evaluation of peritoneal spaces for bleeding after traumatic injury, particularly blunt trauma but including penetrating injury. Prior to its development, more invasive, including surgical, procedures were required to evaluate these patients. Over the last three decades, particularly with its wide advocation during the 1990’s, the FAST examination has evolved into one that now includes assessments of the peritoneal cavity for evidence of hemorrhage as well as analysis of the pericardium and pleural spaces for hemorrhage, particularly in cases of chest trauma. While it is not possible to detect every abnormality using the FAST examination for the analysis of the traumatized patient, adherence to the following guideline will maximize the probability of detecting free fluid and allowing rapid analysis for intraperitoneal hemorrhage and other abnormal fluids such as urine and bile. In its extended form, the FAST examination allows analysis for possible hemopericardium, hemothorax, pneumothorax, solid-organ damage and retroperitoneal injury. The ready portability of ultrasound equipment allows the FAST examination to be used at the patient’s bedside or in the rapid triangling of multiple individuals in mass casualty situations, including assessments in the field.

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