Time needed to achieve completeness and accuracy in bedside lung ultrasound reporting in Intensive Care Unit

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Background: The use of lung ultrasound (LUS) in ICU is increasing but ultrasonographic patterns of lung are often difficult to quantify by different operators. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and quality of LUS reporting after the introduction of a standardized electronic recording sheet.Methods: Intensivists were trained for LUS following a teaching programme. From April 2008, an electronic sheet was designed and introduced in ICU database in order to uniform LUS examination reporting. A mark from 0 to 24 has been given for each exam by two senior intensivists not involved in the survey. The mark assigned was based on completeness of a precise reporting scheme, concerning the main finding of LUS. A cut off of 15 was considered sufficiency.Results: The study comprehended 12 months of observations and a total of 637 LUS. Initially, although some improvement in the reports completeness, still the accuracy and precision of examination reporting was below 15. The time required to reach a sufficient quality was 7 months. A linear trend in physicians progress was observed.Conclusions: The uniformity in teaching programme and examinations reporting system permits to improve the level of completeness and accuracy of LUS reporting, helping physicians in following lung pathology evolution. © 2010 Tutino et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Tutino, L., Cianchi, G., Barbani, F., Batacchi, S., Cammelli, R., & Peris, A. (2010). Time needed to achieve completeness and accuracy in bedside lung ultrasound reporting in Intensive Care Unit. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-7241-18-44

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