Ultrasound in Rural Medicine Core
REMOTE EMERGENCY MEDICINE POCUS
Limited time is the daily routine of a general practitioner. However, an informed use of point of care ultrasound can risk stratify many difficult decisions. Is this heart failure? Renal colic, cholecystitis or an abdominal aortic aneurysm? Pneumothorax? Should I refer this patient? All these questions can be answered at the bedside, with nothing more than a hand-held ultrasound. This three-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.
- Basic Physics principles
- Abdominal aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
- E-FAST protocol
- Renal hydronephrosis and calculi
- Basic Echo in Life Support (BELS)
- Vascular access
At the end of this course the attendees will 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
- Perform AAA, E-FAST, BELS, Biliary, Hydronephrosis and Renal Calculi and Vascular Access ultrasound techniques
- Acquire images obtained on normal adult volunteers & phantoms
- Differentiate normal from abnormal proximal lower limb vein (thrombosis)
- Interpret images from normal adult volunteers
- Recognise the variants and abnormalities from presentations and case-based learning.
- Document the ultrasound findings
- Equip the learner with the foundation skills to begin to incorporate the ultrasound skills with the clinical situation to make appropriate management decisions
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
- Hydronephrosis & Renal Calculi
- Early Pregnancy (first trimester)
This course accredited for 23 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies for AAA, E-FAST, BELS (including cardiac arrest), Hepatobiliary, Renal Tract Ultrasound Detection and Pregnancy (1st trimester).
ACRRM | Approved PDP units - 18 Educational activity points eligible for Rural Procedural Grants Funding – 3 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: email@example.com.
CICM | Lectures – Category 2A, points per hour 1;
Demonstrations – Category 2B, points per hour 2;
Skills – Category 3B, points per hour 3
RACGP | Awaiting approval
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