Bedside ultrasound has gotten a boost at the UCLA Health System, which plans to use a $250,000 grant to implement bedside sonography to improve quality and efficiency while enhancing patient satisfaction. Dr. Elizabeth Turner, UCLA's director of bedside ultrasound in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, says the approach is invaluable for the critically ill patients it will target. "You can get the right therapy to the patient earlier, make better therapeutic decisions and improve the outcomes. There are direct and indirect cost savings, and patient satisfaction also may improve if we implement this as part of our practice," she said.
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