139807 - One-day Abdominal Aorta (AAA)
This one-day introductory course in Abdominal Aorta scanning technique is designed to physicians who are interested in developing their skills in ultrasound. A team of experts in the field will be introducing the technique and presenting the most appropriate approach to enhance visualization of the abdominal aorta, conveying a safety patient care.
Relevance to General Practice
Rule out abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a common chore for the emergency department. In acute abdominal pain scenario, conditions such as renal colic, biliary colic, pancreatitis, back pain and gastrointestinal obstruction can all mimic ruptured AAA.
In the shocked patient, transport to CT can be a major undertaking. However, AAA can be ruled out in few minutes with point of care ultrasound to risk stratify a patient and safely direct their care.
Acquisition of a diagnostically adequate scan set is the first necessary competency along AAA. Although no prior experience is needed competency develops over time. A safety practice requires from novices in ultrasound to acknowledge what they do not know, what needs to be known, and what it is a safety scanning practice.
Eventually, competency arises by practice, appropriate optimization, interpretation and integration into multi-system protocols to answer clinical questions.
- Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis.
- Identify the physical principles, artifacts and the steps for image optimization while performing ultrasound in general medical practice.
- 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 abdominal aorta scanning technique.