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The Sonography in Hypotension and Cardiac Arrest (SHoC) Series


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Atkinson P, Bowra J, Harris T, Jarman R, Lewis D. Point of Care Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care. In development with Oxford University Press (Coming soon)


Chapters/E-Learning modules


Contributions to: Bowra and McLaughlin: EMERGENCY ULTRASOUND MADE EASY, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone, 2011


Contributions to: Connolly et al. ULTRASOUND IN EMERGENCY CARE. Blackwell Publishers, 2017 (In press)


Sloan J, Venables H, Atkinson P, Connolly J, Wright J, McLaughlin R, Jarman B. Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine - Level 1 Instruction. EnlightenMe 2010. 


Atkinson P, Jarman B, Connolly J, Wright J. ACES: Abdominal and Cardiothoracic Evaluation with Sonography in Shock. EnlightenMe 2010.


Original Articles



Atkinson PRT, Lennon R. The use of emergency department ultrasound in the diagnosis and early management of femoral fractures. Emerg Med J. 2003; 20: 395.



Atkinson P, Boyle A, Robinson S, and Campbell-Hewson G. Should ultrasound guidance be used for central venous catheterisation in the emergency department? Emerg. Med. J. 2005; 22: 158 - 164.



Dent B, Kendall RJ, Boyle AA, and Atkinson PRT. Emergency ultrasound of the abdominal aorta by UK emergency physicians: a prospective cohort study Emerg Med J 2007; 24: 547 - 549.



Harris T, Atkinson P. Ultrasound: a new standard of care or an expensive toy? EMJ 2008 November Supplement: 3-4. Available from (accessed 01/07/09).



Atkinson P, McAuley D, Kendall R, Abeyakoon O, Reid C, Connolly J, Lewis D. Abdominal and Cardiac Evaluation with Sonography in Shock (ACES): An approach by emergency physicians for the use of ultrasound in the undifferentiated hypotensive patient. Emerg Med J 2009;26:87-91.



Hayhurst C, Burt C, Atkinson PR, et al. An evaluation of echo in life support (ELS): is it feasible? What does it add? Emerg Med J 2010. doi:10.1136/emj.2009.084202.



Atkinson P, Daly C. My patient has no blood pressure: are they empty or full? Point-of-care ultrasound of the inferior vena cava in the hypotensive emergency department patient. Ultrasound 2011;19(3):169-173.



Wong I, Jayatilleke T, Kendall R, Atkinson P. Feasibility of a focused ultrasound training program for medical undergraduate students. Clin Teach. 2011;8(1):3-7. 



Ross M, Brown M, McLaughlin K, Atkinson P, Thompson J, Powelson S, Clark S, Lang E. Emergency physician-performed ultrasound to diagnose cholelithiasis: a systematic review. Acad Emerg Med. 2011;18(3):227-35. 



Gedmintas A, Grabove M, Atkinson P. My patient has no blood pressure: have they got an abdominal aortic aneurysm? Point-of-care ultrasound of the abdominal aorta in hypotensive patients. Ultrasound. 2011;19(4):236-241.



Pishe T, Ross P, Atkinson P. My patient has no blood pressure: is their heart working? Ultrasound. 2012;20(1):58-63.



Liteplo A, Noble V, Atkinson P. My patient has no blood pressure: point-of-care ultrasound in the hypotensive patient – FAST and RELIABLE. Ultrasound. 2012; 20(1): 64-68.



Blyth L, Atkinson P, Gadd K, Lang E. Bedside Focused Echocardiography as Predictor of Survival in Cardiac Arrest Patients: A Systematic Review. Acad Emerg Med 2012;19: 1119–1126.



Atkinson PR, Milne J, Loubani O, Verheul G. The V-line: a sonographic aid for the confirmation of pleural fluid. Critical Ultrasound Journal 2012: 4:19.



Milne J, Atkinson PR, Bowra J, Loubani O, Jarman B, Smith A. My patient is short of breath: Is the problem in the lung tissue? Ultrasound 2013; 21(2):82-87.



Loubani O, Bowra J, Smith A, Talbot J, Jarman B, Atkinson P. My patient is short of breath: is there pleural fluid, and will PoCUS help drain it safely? Ultrasound 2013; 21(2):88-92.



Parks AR, Atkinson P, Verheul G and LeBlanc-Duchin D. Can medical learners achieve point-of-care ultrasound competency using a high-fidelity ultrasound simulator?: a pilot study. Critical Ultrasound Journal 2013;5:9.



Atkinson P, Madan R, Kendall R, Fraser J, Lewis D. Detection of soft tissue foreign bodies by nurse practitioner-performed ultrasound. Critical Ultrasound Journal 2014;6(1):2.



Atkinson PR, Ross P, Henneberry R. Coming of Age – Emergency Point of Care Ultrasound in Canada. CJEM 2014;16(4):265-268.



Woo MY, Taylor M, Loubani O, Bowra J, Atkinson P. My patient has got abdominal pain: identifying biliary problems. Ultrasound 2014; 22(4):223-28.



Parks AR, Verheul G and LeBlanc-Duchin D, Atkinson P. Effect of a point-of-care ultrasound protocol on the diagnostic performance of medical learners during simulated cardiorespiratory scenarios. CJEM 2015;1;1-7.



Lewis D, Jivraj A, Atkinson P, Jarman R. My patient is injured: identifying foreign bodies with ultrasound. Ultrasound. 2015 Aug;23(3):174-80.



Atkinson P, Bowra J, Lambert M, Lamprecht H, Noble V, Jarman R. International Federation for Emergency Medicine Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum. CJEM 2015;17:161-70.



Cox C, MacDonald S, Henneberry R, Atkinson PR. My patient has abdominal and flank pain: Identifying renal causes. Ultrasound 2015; DOI: 10.1177/1742271X15601617



Milne J, Atkinson P, Lewis D, et al. (April 08, 2016) Sonography in Hypotension and Cardiac Arrest (SHoC): Rates of Abnormal Findings in Undifferentiated Hypotension and During Cardiac Arrest as a Basis for Consensus on a Hierarchical Point of Care Ultrasound Protocol. Cureus 8(4): e564. doi:10.7759/cureus.564



Socransky S, Skinner A, Bromley M, Smith A, Anawati A, Middaugh J, Ross P, Atkinson P. Ultrasound-Assisted Distal Radius Fracture Reduction. Cureus. 2016 Jul;8(7).



Gaspari R, Weekes A, Adhikari S, Noble VE, Nomura JT, Theodoro D, Woo M, Atkinson P, Blehar D, Brown SM, Caffery T. Emergency department point-of-care ultrasound in out-of-hospital and in-ED cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2016 Dec 31;109:33-9.



Atkinson P, Bowra J, Milne J, Lewis D, Lambert M, Jarman B, Lamprecht H, Harris T, Connolly J. International Federation for Emergency Medicine Consensus Statement: Sonography in hypotension and cardiac arrest (SHoC): An international consensus on the use of point of care ultrasound for undifferentiated hypotension and during cardiac arrest. CJEM. 2016 Dec 21;1:12.


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