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Importance: The use of ultrasound as an effective tool for the initial evaluation of patients with traumatic injury is a standard practice in the emergency department (ED) that has recently seen a rise in adoption in the prehospital setting. The implementation of prehospital ultrasound (PHUS) by emergency physicians for trauma has been increasingly studied within recent years, however, its use by non-physician providers remains underexamined. Therefore, the aim is to identify and review the available literature for objective findings and insight towards the future direction of PHUS use by paramedics for trauma. Observations: Review of the literature revealed a trend of positive findings in the implementation of PHUS by paramedics for traumatic injury.Conclusions and Relevance: Despite the recent growth in interest for paramedic PHUS, more research is needed to objectively determine if there are any benefits to patient outcomes from the practice.

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medical student

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