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Table 1 Characteristics of the point-of-care ultrasound expert users

From: Comparison of four handheld point-of-care ultrasound devices by expert users

Characteristic All experts (%) n = 24
Specialtya
 Internal medicine/hospital medicine 13 (54)
 Emergency medicine 6 (25)
 Critical care medicine 6 (25)
 Pulmonary medicine 4 (17)
 Pediatrics 2 (8)
Female 8 (33)
United States region
 South (TX) 13 (54)
 East (NY, NC) 5 (21)
 West (CA, OR, CO) 4 (17)
 Midwest (MN) 2 (8)
Completed ultrasound fellowship or certificate programb
 Yes 17 (71)
Clinical experience in practice
 0–5 years 5 (21)
 6–10 years 8 (33)
 > 10 years 11 (46)
Experience using point-of-care ultrasound
 0–5 years 4 (17)
 6–10 years 14 (58)
 > 10 years 6 (25)
Applications routinely usedc
 Procedural guidance 22 (92)
 Heart 23 (96)
 Lungs/pleura 24 (100)
 Abdomen 22 (92)
 Vascular 22 (92)
 Skin/soft tissues 18 (75)
  1. aSix experts have two different specialties
  2. bIncludes completion of a dedicated ultrasound fellowship, the Chest or Society of Hospital Medicine’s POCUS certificate programs, or testamur status of the Advanced Critical Care Echocardiography or General Echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography
  3. cExperts were allowed to select more than one application and each application represents a percentage of 24 experts