Abstract The miniaturization and portability of ultrasound devices within the past decade is of special importance to U.S. Army Combat medics who have been historically constrained by the cumbersome size of ultrasound machines and the nature of their work on the battlefield. Given the increased access and usability that ultrasound now offers to Army medics …
This elderly female was brought in by EMS due to anemia. She was hemodynamically stable but had a hemoglobin of 6 g/dL detected during a routine outpatient laboratory assessment. She reported having a transfusion-dependent myelophthisic anemia.
This young female was brought in by EMS due to severe dyspnea. She reported one week of dry cough, malaise, and myalgias. The patient was triaged as a rule-out COVID patient. She reported remote history of lymphoma and DVT.
This young adult female presents complaining of progressive dyspnea on exertion and generalized weakness. She reports several days of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea one week prior to onset of dyspnea.
This middle-aged, obese female was brought in by EMS following a syncopal event. She reported several days of malaise and progressive dyspnea but denied fevers or a cough. The physical exam was unremarkable. The patient was triaged as a rule-out COVID-19 patient due to recent travel to New York and complaints of malaise and dyspnea.
An important application of ultrasound in COVID-positive or rule-out COVID patients presenting with gastrointestinal symptoms is to identify alternative etiologies for these symptoms (e.g., small bowel obstruction).
Documented gastrointestinal manifestations in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients include anorexia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Bedside ultrasound appears to be a valuable method of rapidly assessing lung involvement and monitoring disease progression in patients with COVID-19 infections.