Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) is a limited ultrasound examination used for identifying the presence of free intraperitoneal or pericardial fluid.
Comparison of Options for Assessment[edit | edit source]
Can be Conducted in an Operating Theatre
|Not Required||Transfer Required|
|Sensitivity||High||High? - Operator Dependent||High|
|Eligibility||All Patients if Suspected Injury and No Radiology Available
|All Patients||Haemodynamically Stable - Takes Time|
In patients with traumatic injury, free fluid is usually due to haemorrhage and contributes to the assessment of the circulation
DPL: Diagnostic Peritoneal lavage,
FAST: Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma
CT Scan: Computerised Tomogram Scan.