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Fellows in the Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship program contribute to scholarly activities to improve the clinical integration of point-of-care ultrasound in the pediatric emergency department.

Research in the Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship program is dedicated to scholarly activities to improve the clinical integration of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the pediatric emergency department. This includes investigating new technology to enhance the POCUS experience at the bedside and breakthroughs for diagnosis and managing various clinical presentations.

The program offers translational clinical research which is an integral part of the pediatric emergency medicine POCUS curriculum. This also includes collaboration with institutions that share a common goal and vision of the future of pediatric emergency medicine POCUS. Current studies include:

  • Understanding curriculum implementation of PEM POCUS
  • Assessing POCUS assessment of progression of non-operative and operative acute appendicitis
  • How artificial intelligence (AI) can be utilized to optimize various POCUS applications
  • POCUS applications in the resource-limited setting
  • Effect of POCUS implementation on pediatric skin and soft tissue infections
  • Utility of serial FAST examination in pediatric patients with blunt trauma
  • Assessment of pediatric POCUS on patient satisfaction scores
  • Enhancing ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous technique and skill among PEM faculty and staff

Presentations and Publications 

A wide-range of research has been published by members of the Department of Emergency Medicine Division of Clinical Ultrasound within the past three years:

  • What are the minimum requirements to establish proficiency in lung ultrasound training for quantifying B-lines? Russell FM, Ferre R, Ehrman RR, Noble V, Gargani L, Collins SP, Levy PD, Fabre KL, Eckert GJ, Pang PS. ESC Heart Fail. 2020 Jul 22. doi: 10.1002/ehf2.129071.
  • Impact of bedside lung ultrasound on physician clinical decision-making in an emergency department in Nepal. House DR, Amatya Y, Nti B, Russell FM. Int J Emerg Med. 2020 Apr 3;13(1):14. doi: 10.1186/s12245-020-00273-1.
  • Techniques and Strategies in Ultrasound Simulation. Nti B, Pillarisetty LS. 2020 Feb 8. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan–. Abscess Size and Depth on Ultrasound and Association with Treatment Failure without Drainage. Russell FM, Rutz M, Rood LK, McGee J, Sarmiento EJ. West J Emerg Med. 2020 Feb 26;21(2):336-342. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2019.12.41921.
  • B-lines in heart failure: will comets guide us? Gargani L, Ferre RM, Pang PS. Eur J Heart Fail. 2019 Dec;21(12):1616-1618. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.1641.
  • Using the Retrobulbar Spot Sign to Assist in Diagnosis and Management of Central Retinal Artery Occlusions. Smith AT, Wilbert CD, Ferre RM. J Ultrasound Med. 2020 Jan;39(1):197-202. doi: 10.1002/jum.15073. Epub 2019 Jun 22.
  • Factors that Contribute to Resident Teaching Effectiveness. Rutz M, Turner J, Pettit K, Palmer MM, Perkins A, Cooper DD. Cureus. 2019 Mar 21;11(3):e4290. doi: 10.7759/cureus.4290.
  • A novel streamlined trauma response team training improves imaging efficiency for pediatric blunt abdominal trauma patients. Nti BK, Laniewicz M, Skaggs T, Cross K, Fallat ME, Rominger A. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Sep;54(9):1854-1860. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2018.12.013. Epub 2019 Jan 23.
  • Suspect Retinal Detachment? Ocular Ultrasound Can Help. Zahn GS, Rutz MA. Acad Emerg Med. 2019 Jan;26(1):121-122. doi: 10.1111/acem.13554. Epub 2018 Oct 3.
  • Emergency Ultrasound Training Program in Guyana: Systematic Credentialing Process in a Resource-limited Setting. Rupp JD, Jagjit SD, Ferre RM. AEM Educ Train. 2018 Dec 21;3(2):197-199. doi: 10.1002/aet2.10313. eCollection 2019 Apr.
  • Acute Heart Failure Risk Stratification in the Emergency Department: Are We There Yet? Russell FM, Pang PS. Rev Esp Cardiol (Engl Ed). 2019 Mar;72(3):190-191. doi: 10.1016/j.rec.2018.09.008. Epub 2018 Oct 11.
  • Diagnostic use of lung ultrasound compared to chest radiograph for suspected pneumonia in a resource-limited setting. Amatya Y, Rupp J, Russell FM, Saunders J, Bales B, House DR. Int J Emerg Med. 2018 Mar 12;11(1):8. doi: 10.1186/s12245-018-0170-2.
  • Clinical Ultrasound Is Safe and Highly Specific for Acute Appendicitis in Moderate to High Pre-test Probability Patients. Corson-Knowles D, Russell FM. West J Emerg Med. 2018 May;19(3):460-464. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2018.1.36891. Epub 2018 Mar 13.
  • How Safe Is the Ultrasonographically Guided Peripheral Internal Jugular Line? Gottlieb M, Russell FM. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Jan;71(1):132-137. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.08.047. Epub 2017 Sep 29.
  • High rate of isolated right ventricular dysfunction in patients with non-significant CT pulmonary angiography. Russell FM, Kline JA, Lahm T. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Feb;36(2):281-284. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.10.023. Epub 2017 Oct 10.
  • Cardiac Tamponade Diagnosed by Point-of-Care Ultrasound. Smith AT, Watnick C, Ferre RM. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Feb;33(2):132-134. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001024.
  • Performance of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Faculty After Point-of-Care Ultrasound credentialing implementation. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020