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Focused assessment with sonography for trauma: current perspectives

Authors Savatmongkorngul S, Wongwaisayawan S, Kaewlai R

Received 28 April 2017

Accepted for publication 20 June 2017

Published 26 July 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 57—62


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Hans-Christoph Pape

Sorravit Savatmongkorngul,1 Sirote Wongwaisayawan,2 Rathachai Kaewlai2

1Department of Emergency Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2Division of Emergency Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiology, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Abstract: Focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) is a part of resuscitation of trauma patients recommended by international panel consensus. The purpose of FAST is to identify free fluid, which necessarily means blood in acute trauma patients. In this article, the authors focused on various aspects of FAST in the emergency department, prehospital care, pediatric setting, training and general pearls/pitfalls. Detailed techniques and interpretation of FAST are beyond the scope of this article.

Keywords: FAST, trauma, ultrasound, perspectives

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