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<br /> Ultrasound<br /> Quick guide<br /> FAST exam<br /> Michael B. Stone, MD<br /> Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland OR<br /> Patricia Henwood, MD<br /> Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA<br /> The more you see, the more you know<br /> The Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST) exam is a critical<br /> component of the initial evaluation for hemoperitoneum in unstable trauma<br /> patients. The FAST exam can be performed at the bedside, allowing the physician<br /> to rapidly determine if free intraperitoneal fluid or a pericardial effusion is present.1,2<br /> The FAST exam is included in the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) protocol<br /> developed by the American College of Surgeons.<br /> FAST exam<br /> The basics of the FAST exam<br /> Indications<br /> Clinical indications for<br /> performing the FAST<br /> examination include<br /> • Blunt torso trauma<br /> • Penetrating torso<br /> trauma3<br /> • Concern for ruptured<br /<a title="Philips-FAST-QuickGuide-FNL page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c83f42b?page=1"> Ultrasound Quick guide FAST exam Michael </a> <a title="Philips-FAST-QuickGuide-FNL page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c83f42b?page=2"> FAST exam The basics of the FAST exam Indicat</a> <a title="Philips-FAST-QuickGuide-FNL page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c83f42b?page=3"> FAST exam Ultrasound technique – RUQ • The tr</a> <a title="Philips-FAST-QuickGuide-FNL page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c83f42b?page=4"> FAST exam Ultrasound technique – LUQ • The le</a> <a title="Philips-FAST-QuickGuide-FNL page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c83f42b?page=5"> FAST exam Ultrasound technique – pelvis • Pla</a> <a title="Philips-FAST-QuickGuide-FNL page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c83f42b?page=6"> FAST exam Ultrasound technique – subcostal • </a> <a title="Philips-FAST-QuickGuide-FNL page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c83f42b?page=7"> FAST exam Clinical pearls • Each window of th</a> <a title="Philips-FAST-QuickGuide-FNL page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c83f42b?page=8"> FAST exam Clinical pearls • Pericardial effusi</a> <a title="Philips-FAST-QuickGuide-FNL page 9" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c83f42b?page=9"> For additional resources related to POC ultrasoun</a>