Introduction to Emergency Medicine Ultrasound – 4 Day POCUS Course (AAA, Lung, BELS, eFAST)
MODULES: AAA, LUNG, BELS, & eFAST
The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) now supports all trainees to understand and perform a range of simple bedside ultrasound scans. The Introductory PoCUS-EM 4 day (Option A) course encompasses the most important life threatening emergencies.
This course is designed to take complete novices right through the basics of machine familiarisation, probe manipulation, and normal anatomy. We teach simple protocols to identify dangerous aortic aneurysms, free fluid in the abdomen, pericardium and pleural space, major heart and common lung pathologies.
No prior ultrasound knowledge is required. Our sonographer staff will start you with the correct techniques that you will need throughout your scanning career. This course is recommended for those who wish to sit down quietly and optimise their hand-eye coordination in a non-stressful situation.
We combine short lectures, short demonstrations and lengthy practical scanning of healthy volunteers, using tutor-student ratios of no more than 1:4. We will use case-based discussions to teach interpretation and integration into clinical situations.
This 4 day course will include the following modules.
- Ultrasound physics, machine orientation and transducer manipulation.
- AAA - Normal anatomy and significant abnormality.
- EFAST -Normal anatomy, required views and significant pathology
- BELS - Focused (Basic) Echo in Life support / cardiac arrest scenarios
- LUNG - Basic Lung ultrasound in the breathless patient
The learning objectives for the student doing the four-day course include:
- Understand and optimise machine settings for safe implementation of each protocol
- Define the indications and views needed for each protocol.
- Recognise and obtain good quality images for each protocol on (relatively) healthy volunteers with a variety of body habitus.
- Understand the implementation of each protocol using case-based quizzes.
- Recognise pathology within the context of a clinical scenario.
- Discuss clinical decision making in the light of the information obtained.
- Synthesise four new tools to model multi-system scanning, with the aim of improving patient care.
ACRRM I Approved PDP units - 27 Educational activity points
RACGP I pending approval.