Basic Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Course (PoCUS)
(AAA, Lung, eFAST, FELS, Procedural Guidance)
ASUM, ACEM, ACRRM, RACGP
- Ultrasound physics essentials
- Ultrasound machine orientation
- Transducer manipulation techniques
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) – normal anatomy and significant abnormality
- Lung ultrasound in the breathless patient
- Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (FELS) – cardiac arrest scenarios
- Extended Focused Abdominal Scan for Trauma (eFAST) – normal anatomy, required views and significant pathology
- Procedural Guidance – ultrasound guided needling techniques with examples of vascular access, nerve block, aspirations and drain insertion
This five-day introduction to Ultrasound in Emergency (PoCUS) course is designed to meet ACEM requirements for fellowship, EMC, and EMD training, including a basic lung ultrasound module.
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.
With our faculty of Emergency Physicians and Sonographers, we will ensure good technique obtains great images for excellent decision making at the bedside.
Who should attend?
- Emergency Physician
- Junior House Officer
- Retrieval Medicine Physician
- Rural Generalist
- Senior House Officer
The objectives of this ultrasound in emergency course are:
- 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 real patient models 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 five tools to model multi-system scanning, with the aim of improving patient care.
CCPU units included in the course:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
- Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (FELS)
- Extended Focused Abdominal Scan for Trauma (eFAST)
Course 004 is approved for 38 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies.
This course is approved for 36 total activity hours. PDP units: 20 Performance Review, 16 Educational Activity. MOPS points: 6, 30.
CPD Approved Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 10.25 hours, Reviewing Performance 24.75 hours, specific requirements diagnostic radiology, 5 days Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery and 3 days Emergency Medicine training grants. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 401668.
Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided each day.