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Emergency Medicine (Basic)

Course highlights

  • Extended Focused Abdominal Scanning in Trauma (eFAST)


Course Dates
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  • 07 Aug 2024 $1,220.00Closed
  • 11 Sep 2024 $1,220.00Closed
  • 02 Oct 2024 $1,220.00
  • 23 Oct 2024 $1,220.00
  • 20 Nov 2024 $1,220.00
  • 11 Dec 2024 $1,220.00


Extended Focused Abdominal Scanning for Trauma (eFAST) ultrasound was the flagship of bedside ultrasound. Nowadays sending the unstable trauma patient straight to theatre is not an everyday occurrence; and eFAST scanning remains one of the most useful point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) techniques, for reasons other than those proposed by its inventors. eFAST ultrasound can risk stratify the patient with an ectopic pregnancy, identify ascites, guide paracentesis, but most importantly – familiarises novices with the ‘windows’ of the abdomen. 

There is no prior experience is required for this eFAST ultrasound course. After a machine familiarisation session and sono-anatomy lesson, you will be taught how to acquire a set of scans that adequately rule out free fluid in the abdominal cavity, pleural effusion, pericardial effusion and pneumothorax. Through the day you will practice the skill on different patients. You will learn about false positives and false negatives. 

By the end of the day, you should be able to scan, label, save and interpret a set of scans that support your clinical decision. You are not expected to become an expert in a day. However, this one day-course is all about learning what you don’t know, what you need to know, and what you need to practice safely. And, when you return, we will build on your competency with the next layer of optimisation and interpretation, with eventual integration into multisystem protocols answering clinical questions.

Who should attend?

  • Emergency Physician
  • Gastroenterologist
  • General Practitioner
  • General Surgeon
  • Geriatrician
  • ICU Registrar
  • Junior House Officer
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Paediatrician
  • Palliative Medicine Physician
  • Paramedic
  • Retrieval Medicine Physician
  • Rural Generalist
  • Senior House Officer


The objectives of this eFAST ultrasound course are:

  • 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 eFAST ultrasound techniques;
  • Acquire images obtained on normal adult patient models and phantoms;
  • Interpret images from normal adult patient models;
  • 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.


The prior ultrasound experience assumed for this course is highlighted below.

None/Minimal Don’t use ultrasound
Limited Use ultrasound weekly/monthly
Moderate/Experienced Use ultrasound daily/weekly



CCPU units included in the course:

  • Extended Focused Abdominal Scan for Trauma (eFAST)

Approved for Educational Activities 7.75 hours.


This course is approved for 9 total activity hours. PDP units: 9 Educational Activity. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


CPD Approved Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 2 hours, Reviewing Performance 6.5 hours, specific requirements diagnostic radiology, 1 days Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery and Emergency Medicine training grants. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 402510.


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.


Lectures – Category 2A, points per hour 1;
Demonstrations – Category 2B, points per hour 2;
Skills – Category 3B, points per hour

Theoretical 1.75
Practical 4.75
Total 6.5

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided.