In the words of the authors, FAST & RELIABLE is "a comprehensive ultrasound protocol aimed to quickly differentiate between the major causes of hypotension". Some of the components of the protocol may be slightly beyond the skills of a beginner POCUS practitioner. Those skills, e.g.
Sagittal and transverse views of the uterus and adnexae in the suprapubic area , DVT scanning at femoral and popliteal veins, are not unachievable skills.
1. Click here for a pictorial summary of the FAST & RELIABLE protocol.
2. Diagram from the article: the causes of hypotension and how the FAST & RELIABLE protocol is relevant.
In this series of videos Sonosite break down the FAST and EFAST exams into their component parts. The technique is also demonstrated in excellent 3D animations allowing you to visualise how manipulating the transducers will demonstrate the anatomical features on screen. Don't be put off by the use of the phased array transducer. It's OK to use a curvi-linear transducer if you want.