Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasound – 5 Day POCUS Course
MODULES: RUSH,RUQ, SOFT TISSUE-FRACTURES-OCULAR, PERIPHERAL NERVES
Now that you can scan, it is time to integrate your point-of-care findings into holistic patient care. This course starts with a clinical problem, encourages multisystem scanning and challenges you with real-case based discussions. It is not for the beginner.
You will spend 2 days honing your approach to the hypotensive patient. RUSH is more than just finding a mechanism for hypotension, it is about assessing the capacity of multiple systems to cope with ongoing demand.
Right upper quadrant is so much more than gallbladder and common bile duct. It is the gateway to the thorax. Stretch your RUQ protocol to screen for heart, lung, renal, and even bowel pathology.
Day Four pushes the boundaries of your scanning outward with useful tips and tricks - recognise soft tissue layers, necrotising fasciitis, shoulder dislocation, the pupillary response in a closed eye, and indicators of raised intracerebral pressure. Also revise the principles of safe practice and proper hygiene.
Expand your repertoire of regional anaesthesia. Day Five introduces you to upper and lower limb nerve blocks, with needling practice and hints to optimise your tip visualisation.
· Rapid Ultrasound in Shock Protocol (Heart, simple lung, Abdomen, IVC and deep veins)
· Right upper quadrant pain presentations
· Normal anatomy of soft tissue, eyes, bones and joints.
- Regional anaesthesia using peripheral nerves
On completion of the course the following topics will be covered:
- The Bayesian approach to point of care ultrasound for appropriate management decisions.
- Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound
- Practice "hands on" ultrasound scanning skills to answer relevant clinical questions
- Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures in common clinical scenarios
- Perform E-FAST, AAA, Biliary Tract, BELS, Proximal Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT), Musculoskeletal, and peripheral nerve recognition.
- How to use the RUSH protocol in the clinical field, with pathology and variants illustrated from real cases.
- Describe the limitations of ultrasound and safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis and management.
ACCREDITATION & APPROVALS
ACEM | This course is approved for 33.7 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies.
ACRRM | Approved PDP units = 32 Educational activity I Performance review = 3 I MOPS points = 1 Grant eligible Emergency Medicine = 3 days I Obstetrics, Surgery & Anaesthetics = 5 days
ASUM | Accredited CCPU units included in the course:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
- Extended Focussed Abdominal Scan for Trauma (E-FAST)
- BELS (Basic Echocardiography in Life Support)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Renal Hyronephrosis & Calculi
- Basic Soft Tissue
Gold Coast Office
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters, QLD 4218