1. Exam Indications and Limitations

eFAST Ultrasound Exam Indications

  • Hemodynamically unstable trauma patient
  • Abdominal and Thoracic Trauma: Blunt or Penetrating
  • Previously stable trauma patient with acute worsening in clinical status

eFAST Exam Limitations

  • Does not localize the injured abdominal organ
  • Views may be limited in patients with subcutaneous emphysema
  • Views may be limited in patients who have a hollow-viscus injury with free air in the abdomen