As the covid-19 outbreak continues, there is a dire need to organise and allocate resources while optimising costs and time: identification of patients should be rapid and economical. with the current spectrum of clinical presentations of patients with covid-19, it is important to be thorough while determining symptoms involving the various organ systems including possible contact history. point-of-care (poc) lung ultrasound has already proven to be a reliable tool in diagnosing lung inflammatory processes: the results are immediate and the examination is safe, repeatable, and cheap. early use of poc lung ultrasound could prove invaluable in covid-19 patients, leading to early correct diagnoses and appropriate management. the author suggests a tool that incorporates various aspects in clinical history, poc lung ultrasound findings and hemodynamic parameters for identification and management of patients during the covid-19 pandemic.
Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Baig, M. A.
(2020). The rapid COVID screening (RCS) tool. Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP, 30(6 (Supplement 1)), S56-S58.
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