The use of ultrasound is often overlooked when it could very well aid in the diagnosis of a critical illness in a shorter amount of time, while eliminating potential risks that come with many of the usually administered tests.
In 2013, Seth Koenig, MD, FCCP, of Hofstra School of Medicine in New Hyde Park, New York, noticed the need to educate providers about the use of ultrasound in the ICU. Dr. Koenig approached Richard Irwin, MD, Master FCCP, and Editor in Chief of the journal CHEST, with an idea for a new section in the journal. So began “Ultrasound Corner,” an online, video-based series in the journal that provides readers with real cases where ultrasound has played a large role in diagnostic patient care.
Each month, the journal receives two to four submissions from chest medicine clinicians who want to share their critical care ultrasound patient stories. One to two stories are selected and published monthly with real video images that are explained in the manuscript and in a narration done by Dr. Koenig.
“This creates a section where clinicians worldwide can share their experiences so that others may incorporate different methods of diagnosis into their practice,” said Dr. Koenig. “This method of learning challenges the readers to interpret images and integrate the results into a patient management plan.”
Dr. Koenig recommends that clinicians who have experienced benefit using ultrasound in critical care situations submit their cases so that viewers can learn from each other. Share the knowledge you’ve gained from your patient cases. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/chest, log in to your account, and click “Start a New Submission” under the “Author” section.
More importantly, Dr. Koenig encourages the journal readership to explore Ultrasound Corner (https://journal.chestnet.org/ultrasound) every month in CHEST to learn of different courses of diagnosis and treatment being used to strengthen patient diagnostic and management plans in new, evolving ways.