Point-of-care ultrasonography during rescue operations on board a Polish Medical Air Rescue helicopter
Tomasz Darocha1,2, Robert Gałązkowski1,3, Dorota Sobczyk4, Zbigniew Żyła1, Rafał Drwiła2
1 Polish Medical Air Rescue, Sanok, Poland
2 Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Ward, John Paul II Cracow Specialist Hospital, Poland
3 Medical Rescue Department, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland
4 Interventional Cardiology Research and Teaching Ward, John Paul II Cracow Specialist Hospital, Poland
Correspondence: Tomasz Darocha, Polish Medical Air Rescue, Biała Góra, Airport-Sanok, 38-500 Sanok, Poland, e-mail: email@example.com, tel. +48 502 664 128
Point-of-care ultrasound examination has been increasingly widely used in pre-hospital care. The use of ultrasound in rescue medicine allows for a quick differential diagnosis, identification of the most important medical emergencies and immediate introduction of targeted treatment. Performing and interpreting a pre-hospital ultrasound examination can improve the accuracy of diagnosis and thus reduce mortality. The authors’ own experiences are presented in this paper, which consist in using a portable, hand-held ultrasound apparatus during rescue operations on board a Polish Medical Air Rescue helicopter. The possibility of using an ultrasound apparatus during helicopter rescue service allows for a full professional evaluation of the patient’s health condition and enables the patient to be brought to a center with the most appropriate facilities for their condition.