Introduction to Emergency Medicine Ultrasound – 4 Day POCUS Course (Lung, BELS, eFAST, Procedures)
MODULES: LUNG, BELS, eFAST & PROCEDURAL GUIDANCE
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 B) course starts with lungs and finishes with a day to expand your procedural guidance repertoire.
We revise simple protocols to identify free fluid in the abdomen, pleural and pericardial spaces, major heart and common lung pathologies. Day 4 is a detailed examination of needling techniques, safety, and hygiene. We drill you in out-of-plane, in-plane and oblique techniques, so that you can match your approach to each patient’s needs, whether peripheral or central cannulation, nerve blocks or aspirations.
We will continue to optimise your probe handling but will not cover physics or knobology in this course. We recommend this course for those wishing to revise or improve their skills in critical illness ultrasound.
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. The last day combines live volunteer anatomy with needling of phantoms.
This 4 day course will include the following modules.
- 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
- Procedural Guidance: Cannulations, Femoral nerve blocks and aspirations.
The learning objectives for the student doing the four-day course include:
- Define the indications and views needed for each protocol.
- Recognise and obtain good quality images for each protocol on asymptomatic 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.
- Discuss the merits of in-plane and out-of-plane techniques for specific situations.
- Explain the required hygiene measures for each procedure.
- Apply a range of techniques to facilitate procedures.
- Synthesise three 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.