- What is the clinical effectiveness of portable ultrasound (US) devices for patients in the pre-hospital setting?
- What is the cost-effectiveness of portable US devices for ;patients in the pre-hospital setting?
- What are the evidence-based guidelines associated with the use of portable US devices for patients in the pre-hospital setting?
Low-quality evidence from two systematic reviews and one non-randomized study suggests that pre-hospital portable US use for a variety of clinical applications may improve the patient care process and influence treatment and patient management decisions. However, there is no conclusive evidence to support a beneficial effect on patient-related clinical outcomes such as morbidity or mortality. No evidence regarding the cost-effectiveness of these devices or evidence-based guidelines regarding their use were identified; therefore, the resource implications of adopting this technology, as well as their recommended use, are unclear.