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103294 - Point of Care Ultrasound (Refresher)

  • : Online

This course is specifically designed for those who have previous practical ultrasound experience, but feel the need for review. The aim is to improve existing ultrasound skills and problem solving techniques. This course is suitable for those attendants who have completed our course and have had a reasonable level of experience, but need polish their existing scanning skills. Units reviewed in this workshop are: physics, abdominal aortic aneurism (AAA), basic early pregnancy, basic echocardiography in life support (BELS), biliary, extended focused Abdominal scan for trauma (E-FAST) and vascular access.

Relevance to General Practice

There has been an expansion of the use of ultrasound across the Point of Care (POCUS) field due to its increased availability. This allows the General Practitioner to perform ultrasounds to gain information that may alter the clinical assessment and management of a patient. 
Pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) is an invasive tool which traditionally is used for hemodynamic monitoring in patients who present with shock. However, point of care ultrasound machine has being replacing PAC to assess parameters such as cardiac output, intravascular volume status, responsiveness to intravenous fluid administration, and tissue perfusion [1-5]. The emergency department, intensive care unit, and operating room, when caring for patients with shock or hypovolemia, can also use bedside ultrasound not only to investigate the cause of shock, but also to follow up responsiveness to therapy [6-8]. However, ultrasound training is a process that requires a long term training and continuous practice.

Learning outcomes
  • Review the guidelines for the safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis
  • Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound in general medicine
  • Practice "hands on" ultrasound scanning skills required to maximize diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions
  • Recognize the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions
  • Perform EFAST, AAA, Renal & Biliary Tract, Cardiac, Vascular Access and Early pregnancy ultrasounds
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    103294 - Point of Care Ultrasound (Refresher)
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    18.5 hours
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