Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasound - 6 Day POCUS Course
MODULES: RUSH, RUQ, SOFT TISSUE-FRACTURES-OCULAR, PERIPHERAL NERVES, TRUNCAL 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. Expand 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. You must also learn the principles of safe practice and proper hygiene.
Day Five introduces you to upper and lower limb nerve blocks, with needling practice and hints to optimise your tip visualisation.
Day Six extends your regional anaesthesia techniques to include the higher order truncal and plane blocks.
· 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.
- Peripheral nerves, plexus and plane techniques for regional anaesthesia
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, Nerve and Plane recognition.
- Application of the RUSH protocol in the clinical field, with pathology and variants illustrated in case based learning.
- Describe the limitations of ultrasound and safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis and management.
Accreditation pending in March