[May 7, 2007 – Milan (Italy) ~ Art. 1.3, Scope]

1.3.1. The Scientific Society has the institutional scope to promote and spread “point-of-care” ultrasound into clinical practice, in order to improve primary, emergency and critical care provided in all extra-hospital and in-hospital scenarios.

1.3.2. “Vision Statement” of the Scientific Society: “Improving Primary, Emergency, and Critical Care Medicine, by incorporating ‘point-of-care’ Ultrasound into Clinical Practice”.

1.3.3. “Mission Statement” of the Scientific Society: “Bringing quality “Point-of-care” Ultrasound to the patient in all out-of-hospital and in-hospital “critical” scenarios, by developing and fostering, on a global and multi-disciplinary basis, Ultrasound Education, Technological Development, Evidence-based Research and International Teamwork”.

1.3.4. Consistent with its institutional scope, the Scientific Society aims to achieve the following scientific and social goals:

  • To identify critical scenarios characterized by clinical and environmental constraints, where ultrasound, when implemented and incorporated into patient point-of-care (“point-of-care ultrasound”), represents a critical added value (“critical ultrasound”) in order to improve management, performance and outcome.
  • To identify ultrasound “point-of-care” applications within extra-hospital and in-hospital scenarios, consistent with prevention, triage, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of the critical patient, from primary assessment and stabilization to definitive treatment and “follow up”.
  • To identify the technical, clinical, organizational, and social competencies necessary for effective incorporation and diffusion of “point-of-care” ultrasound into critical scenarios.
  • To identify methodology, technology, and instrumentation necessary for “point-of-care” ultrasound implementation in such scenarios.
  • To analyze the identified items in order to assess their feasibility, sustainability, and accuracy within the different settings, together with their impact on patients’ outcome and organizational performance.
  • To evaluate and compare the experiences of different investigators and countries, in order to produce recommendations and guidelines for clinical practice, continuing education and technological development, on the evidence basis of the broadest expert consensus.
  • To develop research projects and conferences among investigators, societies, and institutions, both at local and international levels, in order to identify, validate, and refine the evidence and consensus on the recommendations and guidelines that will be provided.
  • To promote quality assured training programs, in order to maximize basic and advanced competences in assessing and managing the critical patient, incorporating them, where appropriate, into school and university curricula of different countries and health systems.
  • To promote networking actions designed to enhance aggregation, coordination, association, affiliation, promotion, communication, support for the diffusion and the development of “critical” ultrasound worldwide, throughout the scientific community and the healthcare systems, with highest attention to the scarce-resource contexts and countries.
Statute approved by vote of the Membership, November 26, 2012