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AIUM Officially Recognizes ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines
November 17, 2011

In keeping with the AIUM’s overarching mission of advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through education, research, and development of guidelines, the AIUM recognizes the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Policy Statement Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines as meeting the qualifications for performing ultrasound in the emergency setting. These guidelines describe the education and training required by emergency physicians to achieve competency for the performance of focused emergency ultrasound applications in clinical practice.

AIUM President Alfred Z. Abuhamad, MD, expanded on the importance of this resolution, stating, “Recognition of the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines by the AIUM helps ensure that focused emergency ultrasound examinations are performed safely and that physicians performing the ultrasound examinations have met a minimum level of competency as hereby defined. AIUM recognition of the ACEP guidelines can pave the way for collaboration between the two organizations. Furthermore, AIUM recognition provides support and standardization for hospital credentialing of emergency physicians in the performance of the focused emergency ultrasound examination.”

Focused emergency ultrasound examinations are performed at the bedside to diagnose acute life-threatening conditions, guide invasive procedures, and treat emergency medical conditions. Focused emergency ultrasound has been proven to improve the care and expedite treatment of countless patients worldwide.

Michael Blaivas, MD, emergency physician and chair of the AIUM Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound Community stated:“The recognition by the AIUM is a major milestone for both societies as well as point-of-care ultrasound in general. The AIUM has been able to adapt and grow, not only in membership but also in diversity, by embracing and helping the spread of ultrasound into the point-of-care practice setting for a wide range of clinical applications. The ultimate beneficiaries of this recognition are our patients as ultrasound spreads more widely to help patients who are suffering from acute and chronic illness or undergoing potentially dangerous or painful procedures.”

The AIUM anticipates future collaborative efforts with the ACEP on the use of ultrasound in the emergency medicine setting.