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Neonatal point-of-care lung ultrasound: a UK-wide survey and the way forward
  1. Mahmoud Montasser1,
  2. Sandy Kirolos2,
  3. Anna Milan3,
  4. Virginie Meau-Petit3
  1. 1Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital Wishaw, Wishaw, UK
  2. 2Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Evelina London Children's Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sandy Kirolos, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, Glasgow, UK; Sandy.Kirolos{at}ggc.scot.nhs.uk

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Point-of-care lung ultrasound (LU) is gaining interest in neonatal intensive care and international recommendations now support its use in practice.1 It can provide rapid diagnostic confirmation in emergency situations, for example, tension pneumothorax,2 and enhances the diagnostic accuracy of neonatal respiratory disorders allowing targeted treatment. Increasingly, LU has been shown to accurately predict the need for surfactant and decrease time to its delivery,3 potentially reducing lung injury. For neonates, LU possesses attractive characteristics including the absence of radiation, non-invasive technique, accessibility and ease of training.

In the UK, the frequency of LU use in neonatal care is unknown. Additionally, no specific training curriculum exists. We aimed to investigate the use of LU in UK neonatal units …

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  • Contributors MM and SK designed the survey and collected responses. AM and VM-P analysed the results.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.