The ability for chest physicians to perform chest ultrasound is on the increase since the NPSA report concerning chest drain insertion and the BTS Pleural guidelines 2010. Our respiratory department received a portable ultrasound device (Sonosite 180 Plus) in April 2010 and by August 2010 we had 3 physicians who have achieved level 1 thoracic ultrasound skill (1 Chest Consultant, 2 Specialist Registrars—1 Respiratory, 1 Acute Medicine). We were keen to see what kind impact this has made on the chest ultrasound requests on the radiology department.Methods
Data collected comparing 2 periods. Dataset 1: Nov 2009–Jan 2010 and Dataset 2: Nov 2010–Jan 2011. Information was gathered via the Webpacs system (GE Medical System: Centricity® Enterprise Web) and the CRIS—Clinical Radiology Information System (Healthcare software system). Only adult (=16 years) inpatient request were included.Summary
Having physicians with skills to perform chest ultrasound by the bedside has reduced the burden on the radiology department and the response times to the scan all the patients has halved from 6 to 3 days. We hope this service can be further improved with more physicians attaining this skill.