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Focused abdominal sonogram for trauma: the learning curve of nonradiologist clinicians in detecting hemoperitoneum.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10217217     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The focused abdominal sonogram for trauma (FAST) has been used by surgeons and emergency physicians (CLIN) to screen reliably for hemoperitoneum after trauma. Despite recommendations for "appropriate training," ranging from 50 to 400 proctored examinations, there are no supporting data. METHODS: We prospectively examined the initial FAST experience of CLIN in detecting hemoperitoneum by using diagnostic peritoneal lavage, computed tomography, and clinical findings as the diagnostic "gold standard." RESULTS: 241 patients had FAST performed by 12 CLIN (average, 20/CLIN; range, 2-43); 51 patients (21.2%) had hemoperitoneum and 17 patients (7.1%) required laparotomy. Initial experience with FAST by CLIN produced 35 true positives, 180 true negatives, 16 false negatives, and 3 false positives; sensitivity, 68%; specificity, 98%. Initial error rate was 17%, which fell to 5% after 10 examinations (chi2; p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Previous recommendations for the number of proctored examinations for individual nonradiologist clinician sonographers to develop competence are excessive.
S R Shackford; F B Rogers; T M Osler; M E Trabulsy; D W Clauss; D W Vane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of trauma     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0022-5282     ISO Abbreviation:  J Trauma     Publication Date:  1999 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-05-18     Completed Date:  1999-05-18     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376373     Medline TA:  J Trauma     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  553-62; discussion 562-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
University of Vermont, Department of Surgery, Burlington 05401, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Injuries / diagnosis,  ultrasonography*
Diagnostic Errors / statistics & numerical data
Emergency Medicine / education
Hemoperitoneum / ultrasonography*
Injury Severity Score
Peritoneal Lavage
Prospective Studies
Radiology / education*
Sensitivity and Specificity
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Ultrasonography / standards*
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / classification,  ultrasonography*

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