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Life in the eFAST Lane: Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (Part 2)

That’s right! The Life in The eFAST Lane series is back! Last time we reviewed eFAST basics and half of the eFAST technique. Hopefully you’ve been practicing the heart, RUQ, and LUQ scans like my friend below. So without further adieu…. I give you eFAST Part Deux!

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Figure 1 – An eFAST Rockstar in Action
Figure 1 – An eFAST Rockstar in Action
How to Do I Perform an eFAST? (Continued from Part 1)

Pelvis

Probe position

  • Probe marker towards patient’s head (longitudinal view) or towards patient’s right (transverse view).
  • Place the probe just above the pubic symphysis and look for the bladder in men and both the bladder and uterus in women.
    • If it’s not awkward, it’s not right and you’re not low enough.
  • Once you’ve completed the longitudinal view, turn your probe 90° for the transverse view.  Both views should be evaluated to avoid false positives.
Figure 2 – Longitudinal Probe Position (from sonocloud.org)
Figure 2 – Longitudinal Probe Position (from sonocloud.org)

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