Point of Care Ultrasound #POCUS
#POCUS in clinical practice is an essential skill for healthcare providers involved in the acute and routine care of adults and children. Kenya has a limited number of radiologists and many healthcare facilities lack basic imaging modalities leading to delayed diagnoses and potentially increased morbidity and mortality. Point of Care Ultrasonography in the hands of a trained healthcare provider has been shown to augment the health care providers’ ability to assess and manage critically ill or injured patients and to increase the healthcare providers’ confidence in the diagnosis and initial management.
The Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation (EMKF) has teamed up with The DAK Foundation, Rotary Australia World Community Service, Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) and The PURE Initiative since 2013 to provide portable ultrasound machines to rural healthcare facilities across Kenya and provide the appropriate training and practical experience for the health care providers working at these facilities to perform and interpret basic POC US examinations.
So far we’ve held over 10 trainings, enrolled 170 trainees, graduated 24, and provided machines to over 50 rural and urban health care facilities (see map below) who previously had no ultrasound imaging available. Collectively we have a winning team and are making a difference in Kenya’s emergency healthcare!
Grace Wanjiku is an attending Emergency Physician at Brown University with a keen interest in the development of Point of Care Ultrasound in resource-limited settings.
Greg Bell is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Healthcare with a vast experience in teaching Point of Care Ultrasound