Documents

there are a number of useful documents for point-of-care ultrasound users, including policy statements from various organizations, template credentialing documents, coding/reimbursement documents and more. here’s an ever-expanding list with links to the documents of interest:

Policy Statements

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2008 EUS Guidelines

a 21-page PDF written by the leaders in the field of emergency ultrasound, covering scope of practice, training and proficiency, credentialing, ongoing quality assurance and more.

Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) 2008 Consensus Statement on Emergency Medicine Resident Ultrasound Training

the result of a 3-hour consensus conference in New Orleans in 2008, where¬†40 members of CORD, SAEM, and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) met to discuss guidelines for emergency medicine residents’ ultrasound training.

ACEP and the American Society of Echocardiography Joint Position Statement on Focused Cardiac Ultrasound

a joint statement defining the role, common ultrasound findings, clinical applications, and training and performance of focused cardiac ultrasound exams.

AMA Resolution H 230.960 on Privileging for Ultrasound Imaging

essentially states that the AMA (1) affirms that ultrasound imaging is within the scope of practice of appropriately trained physicians; (2) acknowledges broad and diverse use of ultrasound in medical practice; (3) affirms that privileging should be  function of the hospital medical staff; and (4) criteria for granting privileges should be based on specialty-specific educational standards