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Emergency ultrasound in the prehospital setting: the impact of environment on examination outcomes
  1. B Snaith1,
  2. M Hardy2,
  3. A Walker1,3
  1. 1Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Wakefield, UK
  2. 2University of Bradford, Bradford, UK
  3. 3Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Wakefield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alison Walker, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Springhill 2, Brindley Way, Wakefield, WF2 0XQ, UK; alison.walker{at}


This study aimed to compare ultrasound examinations performed within a land ambulance (stationary and moving) with those completed in a simulated emergency department (ED) to determine the feasibility of undertaking ultrasound examinations within the UK prehospital care environment. The findings suggest that abdominal aortic aneurysm and extended focused assessment with sonography in trauma emergency ultrasound examinations can be performed in the stationary or moving land ambulance environment to a standard consistent with those performed in the hospital ED.

  • Emergency ambulance systems
  • imaging
  • paramedics

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  • Funding The study was sponsored by the University of Bradford.

  • Competing interests AW – College of Emergency Medicine Regional Ultrasound Training Co-ordinator. BS & MH – none.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Sheffield Research Ethics Committee: 15th July 2009. REC ref no 09/H1308/101.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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