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Evidence for cost-effectiveness of ultrasound in evaluation of blunt trauma patients

Bennett H. Lane

Abstract

The evaluation of the blunt trauma patient frequently includes the focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) exam. Additional point-of-care applications for ultrasound in blunt trauma patients are emerging. Ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic technique generally considered to be relatively inexpensive, offering the potential for improved outcomes and lower costs. However, formal evaluation of ultrasound’s effect on cost-effectiveness has occurred in a piecemeal fashion. The aim of this review is to evaluate the available evidence regarding whether ultrasound is cost-effective for evaluation of blunt trauma patients, and what factors may affect its cost-effectiveness.

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Cost-effectiveness; Ultrasound; Trauma; FAST exam

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Submitted: 2016-06-05 23:24:19
Published: 2016-10-28 16:56:47
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