Focused and Extended Focused Assessment With Sonography for Trauma

Author(s): Cynthia Blank-Reid, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN, Denise M. Zappile, MSN, CRNP, Thomas A. Santora, MD, MBAformat

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jun 01, 2026

Topics: Technology, Trauma

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Interest is increasing in the use of ultrasonography to assess and guide the treatment of critically ill patients. The ability to conduct a rapid bedside examination to answer specific clinical queries and direct therapies can be lifesaving. Ultrasonography adds crucial diagnostic details to physical examinations. It has become invaluable in the evaluation of patients in the emergency department, and as such, the American College of Emergency Physicians developed a policy statement making point-of-care ultrasonography a standard of care in emergency medicine. For decades, trauma patients have been quickly evaluated for injury using the Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST). The FAST has many desirable features of a diagnostic tool, namely allowing for a rapid, noninvasive, accurate, and inexpensive means of diagnosing internal injury of the abdomen, chest, and pelvis.


  • Describe the difference between the FAST and the extended FAST exams
  • Identify where in the primary survey, the FAST or extended FAST should be done.
  • Describe three reasons that have helped the FAST and extended FAST become a preferred point of care study for trauma patients.

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