POCUS Made Easy: RUSH protocol

Rapid-Ultrasound-for-Shock-and Hypotension (RUSH) is used to rapidly assess differential diagnosis causes of shock or hypotension.

The acronym HIMAP makes it easier to remember the different parts of this protocol.

  • H– Heart
  • I – IVC
  • M – Morrison’s Pouch
  • A – Aorta
  • P – Pulmonary

The below video explains how to perform an abbreviated version of the RUSH protocol. 

References and Further reading



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MBChB FACEM CCPU. Emergency Physician at Bendigo Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria. Australia.
I studied in Scotland before completing my Emergency Medicine training in Melbourne. I have a big interest in point-of-care ultrasound use and training in Emergency Medicine. I'm also interested in Choosing Wisely and sustainability initiatives in healthcare.
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