Clinical Ultrasound Accreditation Program
The Clinical Ultrasound Accreditation Program (CUAP) is an ACEP-governed national accreditation organization with an understanding of clinical bedside ultrasound and a purpose of establishing a system of review for emergency departments performing clinical, point-of-care ultrasound. This accreditation system promotes the goals of quality, patient safety, communication, responsibility, and clarity regarding the use of clinical ultrasound. As the use of ultrasound has become mainstream in clinical medicine, a need has emerged to promulgate and support national standards for clinical ultrasound programs as detailed in the American College of Emergency Physicians’ policy statement, “Ultrasound Guidelines: Emergency, Point-of-Care, and Clinical Ultrasound Guidelines in Medicine.”
CUAP has been developed with the express purpose of providing assistance to those looking to implement a point-of-care ultrasound program, so that new programs can take advantage of expert experience to ensure they are meeting best practice standards.
This program includes standards in the areas of administration of ultrasound programs, education and training of health care providers, performing and interpreting ultrasound examinations, equipment management, transducer disinfection, image acquisition and retention, and confidentiality and privacy. View our list of accredited sites.