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Fifteen-minute consultation: Using point of care ultrasound to assess children with respiratory failure
  1. Helen L Ord1,
  2. Michael J Griksaitis1,2
  1. 1 Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Southampton Children’s Hospital, Southampton, UK
  2. 2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael J Griksaitis, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Southampton Children’s Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK; Michael.Griksaitis{at}


Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is well established in adult emergency medicine and critical care. It is used for immediate diagnosis and evaluation of the impact of bedside interventions in the acutely unwell child. This article highlights how ultrasound can be helpful in paediatric practice when dealing with the neonate, infant or older child with undifferentiated respiratory distress, respiratory failure or ventilation problems. It highlights indications for use, key diagnostic features of common pathology and outlines the benefits of POCUS in everyday practice.

  • point of care ultrasound
  • lung ultrasound
  • intensive care
  • respiratory
  • paediatric practice

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  • HLO and MJG contributed equally.

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  • Contributors HLO and MJG both contributed to the idea, design and final production of the article.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.