- Yale Medicine doctors use this technology to help decrease complication rates and save lives.
- In the emergency department, bedside ultrasounds are fully integrated into clinical care.
- Bedside ultrasounds are an efficient tool we use to provide comprehensive patient care.
The increasing use of bedside ultrasound reflects a shift in the way emergency department physicians approach their role in patient care. Emergency physicians at Yale Medicine use ultrasound machines to observe in real time what’s happening in a patient’s body.
Not only do bedside ultrasounds give physicians vital, specific information when making a diagnosis and designing a course of treatment, the process enriches the interaction between doctors and patients. “The real benefit of bedside ultrasound is that the provider asking the questions, performing the physical exam, and most invested in the care of that patient is the one performing the ultrasound exam," says Rachel Liu, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education for Yale School of Medicine. "Therefore, there’s no loss in translation between different providers,” she explains.