Does abscess incision and drainage with point-of-care ultrasonography reduce clinical failure?

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Why is this study important?

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has become a common imaging tool in the emergency department (ED) for both diagnosis and procedural guidance. The additional time required to incorporate POCUS into procedures is a barrier to its ubiquity. This study attempts to determine the clinical benefit of POCUS for abscess incision and drainage (I&D).

Which, if any, threats to validity are most likely to have an impact on the results and how?

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