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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37

Prevalence of point-of-care ultrasound devices in Canada


1 Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission06-Oct-2021
Date of Decision08-Oct-2021
Date of Acceptance10-Oct-2021
Date of Web Publication29-Dec-2021

Correspondence Address:
OhD Rujittika Mungmunpuntipantip
Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok
Thailand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/cjrm.cjrm_61_21

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Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Prevalence of point-of-care ultrasound devices in Canada. Can J Rural Med 2022;27:37

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Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Prevalence of point-of-care ultrasound devices in Canada. Can J Rural Med [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jan 22];27:37. Available from: https://www.cjrm.ca/text.asp?2022/27/1/37/334306



We read the publication “The prevalence and patterns of use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in Newfoundland and Labrador” with great interest.[1] Sheppard et al. noted that “This is the first study to our knowledge to report the prevalence of POCUS devices in Canada…” We agree on the usefulness of POCUS in rural medicine and that POCUS and education/training for rural practitioners is necessary. However, Sheppard et al.'s report is not the first study from Canada. Leschyna et al.[2] studied responders from several areas of Canada, including Newfoundland and Labrador.[2] They concluded that there is an increasing rate of POCUS use.[2]

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Dear Dr. Mungmunpuntipantip and Dr. Adaman,

Thank you for your letter and interest in this work. Leschyna et al. performed a survey of CAEP members to describe the demographics, attitudes towards POCUS, POCUS utilisation and barriers to POCUS use in Canada.[1] The prevalence of POCUS reported in that study was estimated from the responses by the study participants. Our methodology is different, and therefore, we have reported new information.[2] We obtained the purchase records for all the POCUS devices in use within the Regional Health Authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador. The prevalence of POCUS devices was calculated by determining the number of POCUS devices per population for each of the health regions in the province and then overall for the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Therefore, we are the first to report the prevalence of POCUS devices for a defined population in Canada.

Sincerely,

Gillian Sheppard, MD


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  1. Sheppard G, Devasahayam AJ, Campbell C, Najafizada M, Yi Y, Power A. The prevalence and patterns of use of point-of-care ultrasound in Newfoundland and Labrador. Can J Rural Med 2021;26:160-8.
  2. Leschyna M, Hatam E, Britton S, Myslik F, Thompson D, Sedran R, et al. Current state of point-of-care ultrasound usage in Canadian emergency departments. Cureus 2019;11:e4246.




 
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Leschyna M, Hatam E, Britton S, Myslik F, Thompson D, Sedran R, et al. Current state of point-of-care ultrasound usage in Canadian emergency departments monitoring. Cureus 2019;11:e4246.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Sheppard G, Devasahayam AJ, Campbell C, Najafizada M, Yi Y, Power A. The prevalence and patterns of use of point-of-care ultrasound in Newfoundland and Labrador. Can J Rural Med 2021;26:160-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
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