Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound - 1 Day Course

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound - 1 Day Course




Ruling out Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is common in the emergency department. As there is a high mortality rate with ruptured AAA, it is a medical urgency to exclude a AAA. Ultrasound may be used rapidly to rule out a AAA and affect management decisions such as sending the patient for further testing such as CT. In the shocked patient, transport to CT is a major undertaking. Point of care ultrasound enables easier risk stratification of a patient to safely direct their care. After a machine familiarisation session and sono-anatomy lesson, you will be taught how to acquire a set of scans that adequately rule out a large AAA. The course will include machine optimisation including tips and traps and anatomy familiarisation on real volunteers. Throughout the day you will practice the skill on patients and learn what to do for the more challenging body habitus. By the end of the day you should be able to scan, identify and interpret a set of scans to support your clinical decision. Although Acquisition of a diagnostically adequate scan set is the first necessary competency along the path to mastery, it is not expected that you will become an expert in a day. This one day course is about learning what you don't know, what you need to know and what you need to practice safely.




  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm




At the end of this course the attendees should be able to:

  • Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound and its limitations in medical diagnosis
  • Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound.
  • Practice “hands on” ultrasound scanning skills required to maximise diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions
  • Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions
  • Identify and scan and abdominal aorta in long and transverse
  • Identify and scan peripheral and central vessels such as IVC
  • Acquire images obtained on normal adult volunteers
  • Interpret images from normal adult volunteers
  • Recognise the variants and abnormalities from presentations and case-based learning.
  • Document the ultrasound findings




ACEM | Course 017 is approved for 7.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies.


ACRRM | This course is approved for 9 total activity hours. PDP units: 9 Educational Activity. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


ASUM | CCPU units included in the course:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)


RACGP | This course is an RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 CPD Program points in 2020-22 Triennium. RACGP ID 192285.


Rural Procedural Grants Funding | Eligible for 1 day under all components (Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Surgery)

Rural Procedural Grants Program – GPs can receive $2000 per day for a maximum of 10 days of training per financial year, GPs providing hospital based emergency services can receive up to three days of eligible training per financial year. Access: rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au.


ANZCA | Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim this this course under the Knowledge and skills activity Short format learning at 2 credits per hour


CICM | Lectures – Category 2A, points per hour 1;
Demonstrations – Category 2B, points per hour 2;

Skills – Category 3B, points per hour 



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2 Miami Key

Broadbeach Waters, QLD 4218

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound - 1 Day Course

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