CONSIDER THE PROBE: McConnell's Sign (Courtesy Dr. Jia) COVID-10 presented many challenges to emergency departments. Early on, an association between COVID and thrombo-emoblic disease was discovered. As this was a novel infection, there were no evidence-based rules to assist a provider when deciding when to work up a patient with presumed COVID pneumonia for a concurrent thromboembolism. Seems like a great time to CONSIDER THE PROBE! Dr. Jia summarizes a great case where bedside ultrasound detected a McConnell's Sign, helping to diagnose a significant acute pulmonary embolism. He goes on to give a nice review of McConnell's Sign. Enjoy!
CONSIDER THE PROBE: US4 OCULAR TRAUMA (Credit: Dr. Stephen Cooper) If you have been practicing emergency medicine in recent years, hopefully you have become comfortable utilizing POCUS in the evaluation of painless vision loss (vitreous hemorrhage vs post vitreous detachment vs retinal detachment). It is less likely that you have been implementing ultrasound in your evaluations of facial trauma. Dr. Cooper gives us a nice summary of how POCUS can help make important diagnoses related to trauma. As always, remember to CONSIDER THE PROBE!