Introduction to Emergency Medicine Ultrasound – 5.5 Day POCUS Course (AAA, Lung

Introduction to Emergency Medicine Ultrasound – 5.5 Day POCUS Course (AAA, Lung, BELS, eFAST, Procedures, Early Preg)






The Introductory PoCUS-EM 5 day course is designed to meet ACEM requirements for fellowship, EMC, and EMD training but goes further with a half day introduction to the most popular addendum­­­­­­–early pregnancy emergencies.


This course takes complete novices right through the basics of machine orientation, probe manipulation, normal anatomy and simple protocols - to recognition of the more common life–threatening pathologies and the decisions that can be made from this new information.


The early pregnancy module is particularly useful for those from suburban, regional and rural placements, who see obstetric patients, but do not have the luxury of immediate 24-hour sonographer cover. For these students, differentiating an intrauterine gestation sac from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy is a potentially life-saving skill, particularly for the night shift – while understanding the limitations of ultrasound for appropriate decision making and integration with guidelines.




We combine short lectures, short demonstrations and lengthy practical scanning of healthy volunteers, using tutor-student ratios of no more than 1:4. Day 5 combines live volunteer anatomy with needling of phantoms.


This 5 and a half-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
  • NEEDLES - Procedural (needle) guidance techniques with examples of vascular access, nerve block, aspirations and drain insertion.
  • Early pregnancy emergencies - Safe identification of a gestational sac and its location[SW2] .




The learning objectives for the student doing the five-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.
  • Illustrate the implementation of each protocol using case-based quizzes.
  • Recognise pathology within the context of a clinical scenario.
  • Discuss, evaluate and justify 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 six new tools to model multi-system scanning, with the aim of improving patient care.




ACEM  Course 005 is approved for 42.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies.


ASUM | Accredited CCPU units included in the course:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Extended Focussed Abdominal Scan for Trauma (eFAST)
  • Basic Echocardiography in Life Support (BELS)
  • Lung
  • Basic Early Pregnancy


ACRRM | This course is approved for 40 total activity hours. PDP units: 22 Performance Review, 18 Educational Activity. MOPS points: 30, 6. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


RACGP | CPD Accredited Activity 40 points under RACGP 2020-22 CPD program. Approved for specific requirements diagnostic radiology, 5 days Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery and 3 days Emergency Medicine training grants. RACGP Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 238157.



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Introduction to Emergency Medicine Ultrasound – 5.5 Day POCUS Course (AAA, Lung

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