A Brief History

POCUS has been used for over 30 years in North America:

  • in 1990 the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) published a position statement supporting the performance of ultrasound by appropriately trained emergency physicians.
  • in 1999 the American Medical Association passed Resolution 802 and policy H-230.960 “recommending hospitals’ [privileging] committees to follow specialty-specific guidelines for credentialing decisions related to ultrasound by the physicians.”
  • in 2001 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandated all emergency medicine residents attain competency in the use of point-of-care ultrasound.
  • in 2006, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) published their first position statement, later revised in 2012 to reflect growing scope of practice.
  • in 2011 a survey reported that 95% of emergency departments in North America with a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program utilize point-of-care ultrasound in some manner, and 88% of programs provide training in point-of-care ultrasound for their fellows.
  • in 2011 the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto offers the first Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) POCUS rotation for fellows, residents and medical students in Canada
  • in 2012 the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto launches the first PEM POCUS Fellowship in Canada
  • in 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is anticipated to release a Technical Report and Policy Statement  for Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Pediatric Patients, the the most comprehensive specialty-specific guidelines to date.
  • in 2016 the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) is anticipated to significantly expand the role of POCUS in their objectives of training for Pediatric Emergency Medicine.