Letter to the Editor

Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Posterior Shoulder Dislocation: A Better Standard than X-Ray?

Authors: Wen Cheng Huang, MD, Karen Chia Wen Chu, BMBS, Yuan-Pin Hsu, MD


To the Editor: We recently read with great interest the article entitled “Emergency Medicine Resident–Driven Point of Care Ultrasound for Suspected Shoulder Sislocation.”1 After reading this article, we would like to comment on some issues we identified in this article.

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