Ultrasound in Rural Medicine

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Resource limitation is not constrained to the third world. Austere environments occur in retrieval medicine, rural medicine, or after hours in regional hospitals.  Informed use of point of care ultrasound can risk stratify many difficult decisions.  Could this be an ectopic? Is this heart failure or COPD? Renal colic, cholecystitis or an aneurysm? Pneumothorax? Should I fluid load or diurese? Can I safely insert an intercostal catheter? How should I transport this patient?  Previously the purview of radiology, all these questions can be answered at the bedside, or the roadside – with nothing more than a hand held ultrasound.

 

This five day course provides a basic introduction to problem solving for these low risk-high stakes questions.  This course targets important branch points in management decisions rather than a deep dive into any one system.  Take these tools home, practise in your own environment, then work with us toward credentialing in those protocols that will have the highest yield in your job.

 

 

CONTENT

 

• Basic Physics principles
• Abdominal aortic Aneurysm
• EFAST protocol
• Biliary
• Renal hydronephrosis and calculi
• Basic Echo in Life support (BELS)
• Basic early pregnancy
• Basic Monitoring the fetus
• Vascular access

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

On completion of the course the following topics will be covered:
• Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis
• Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimization while performing ultrasound in rural medical practice
• Practice "hands on" ultrasound scanning skills required to maximize diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions
• Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions
• Perform EFAST, AAA, Renal & Biliary Tract, Cardiac, Vascular Access, Nerve Blocks, & pregnancy ultrasounds
• Identify the sonographic appearance of the aorta and surrounding structures
• Differentiate normal from abnormal aorta (dilation, aneurysm and dissection)
• Distinguish vein from arteries and perform guided ultrasound venous access
• Differentiate normal from abnormal E-FAST assessment, discriminating pitfalls and artifacts observed when acquiring ultrasound images
• Identify the relational and ultrasound anatomy of the uterus and its content
• Distinguish viable, non- viable and uncertain viability of pregnancy
• Carry out measurement in the first trimester of pregnancy
• Identify the traps and pitfalls in obstetric scanning
• Detect the most common cardiac life threatening focusing on cardiac anatomy and function (LV/RV dysfunction, cardiac tamponade and massive PE)
• Identify when to refer for further assessment

ACCREDITATION

 

ASUM | CCPU units included in the course:

 

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Extended Focussed Abdominal Scan for Trauma (E-FAST)
  • BELS (Basic Echocardiography in Life Support)
  • Vascular Access
  • Biliary
  • Hydronephrosis & Renal Calculi
  • Basic Early Pregnancy (1st trimester)
  • Advanced Early Pregnancy
  • Monitoring the Foetus

 

ACEM |  This course accredited for 39.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies for AAA, E-FAST, BELS (including cardiac arrest), Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access, Hepatobiliary, Renal Tract Ultrasound, Early Pregnancy (1st Trimester and Monitoring the Foetus (2nd and 3rd trimester).

 

ACRRM | Approved for 30 PDP points; 30 points PRPD; 30 pts MOPS Radiology; 30 pts MOPS Emergency Medicine

Eligible for Rural Procedural Grants Funding – 5 days 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.

 

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

Skills – Category 3B, points per hour 3

 

RACGP | Activity Number: 143137, 40 Category 1 points. Specific Requirement Eligibility – Diagnostic radiologyGrant Approved Training – 5 days under Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Surgery. Forward your certificate of attendance and program of the activity (including session times and content) and claim form to 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

Ultrasound in Rural Medicine - 5 Day Course

$4,100.00Price
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