Clinical Ultrasound in Covid-19
Ultrasound can be used in the assessment of lung, but also for determining if the patient has a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
This section will provide resources to support your learning in these two areas.
2. Leg ultrasound for DVT
2.1. Guidance for DVT (non-Covid-19)
Reporting DVT examinations
Advice recommends that the term 'superficial femoral vein' is not used within the clinical report, to avoid confusion, as this is a deep vein. The conclusion should clearly state that a deep vein thrombosis is present, if one is detected during the examination. https://www.sor.org/news/guidance-use-term-superficial-femoral-vein
Guidance on diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism:
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE] (2000) Venous thromboembolism: diagnosis and anticoagulation treatment. Visual summary. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng158/resources/visual-summary-pdf-8709091453
NICE (2000) Venous thromboembolic diseases: diagnosis, management and thrombophilia testing. NICE guideline [NG158]. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG158
Background information on venous-thromboembolisatim can be found on the e-learning for healthcare site (free to register for this module). https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/venous-thromboembolism/