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123331 - One Day Ultrasound in Trauma (E-FAST)

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The content and objectives of this “One Day Ultrasound in Trauma (E-FAST)” course was structured to accommodate training requirements for ultrasound techniques in emergency medicine. This course assumes somewhat knowledge on ultrasound principles and requires accomplishment of pre-reading material and pre-course test. Throughout the course, all students sit for a predisposing and reinforcing activities and Feedback evaluation in order to assessment not only student’s performance, but also to promote a continuous improvement of the workshop content and providers. Overall, the course has two main components as described in the course syllabus below: 
1. Physical principles of ultrasound and probe manipulation 
2. Abdominal scanning technique, related to E-FAST protocol, covering the following structures: 
2.1. Renal tract 
2.2. Spleen 
2.3. Liver 
2.4. Diaphragm 
2.5. Lung 
2.6. Male & female pelvis

Relevance to General Practice

Point of care ultrasound machine has being widely applied by clinicians in critically ill patients. Ultrasonographic assessment is mainly used in general practice, the emergency department and the intensive care unit to assess four separate body segments: thoracic (lung and pleural), abdominopelvic, vascular, and cardiac (basic and advanced). There are several protocols utilized to evaluate critically-ill patients including abdominal and cardiac evaluation with sonography in shock (ACES), focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) and extended focused assessment with sonography for trauma (E-FAST). These protocols can be learnt in block or in modules and are scope of practice for general clinicians, emergency and critical care physicians in Australia and the USA. Numerous articles had demonstrated the applications and benefits of portable ultrasound machine in life-threatening illnesses. The aim of this course is to explore ultrasound techniques in more depth.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis;
  • Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound;
  • Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions;
  • Practice "hands on" ultrasound scanning skills required to maximise diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions;
  • Perform E-FAST protocol.
123331 - One Day Ultrasound in Trauma (E-FAST)
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6.5 hours
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