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Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound 2015

23 Mar

The Division of Emergency Medicine is pleased to announce the 2015 iteration of its annual introductory course in ED point of care ultrasound.  This course will emphasize the “Fundamental 4″ views and 5 indications of point of care ultrasound in the ED and is aimed at practitioners who are beginning their pathway to competence in point of care ultrasound.

The “Fundamental 4″ are:

  • Abdominal : Presence of intra-peritoneal fluid? (Yes/No)
  • Abdominal : Presence of abdominal aortic aneurysm? (Yes/No)
  • Subcostal Cardiac : Presence of pericardial fluid? (Yes/No)                                                                     Cardiac activity during arrest? (Yes/No)
  • Pelvic : Presence of intra-uterine pregnancy? (Yes/No)

The course will feature an outstanding faculty to learner ratio for hands-on sessions as well as innovative image interpretation sessions.  These small group sessions emphasize image interpretation skills and serve as intimate venues to reinforce clinical integration pathways.

Course directors are Drs. Behzad Hassani, Heather Hames and Grant Coome. Bedside instructors will include faculty from within the Division of EM’s experienced group of point of care sonographers.

The date for the 2015 course will be July 9, 2015.  If you have interest in attending as a participant please contact us via email at westernsono@gmail.com (please include Emergency Course in subject line).

Some pics from our previous courses can be found here.

**Update May1, 2015. The course is at capacity, but we are happy to keep your contact info should any spots open up. Looking forward to a great day of scanning!

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Nerve Blocks, Lumbar Punctures and the Probe

10 Feb

A fun filled educational day with our colleagues in Regional Anesthesia here @westernsono. A great opportunity for our keen POCUS Faculty and Senior learners to be introduced to the topics of nerve blocks and POCUS-facilitated lumbar punctures. A special thanks to Dr. Su Ganapathy and Dr. Rakesh Sondekoppam for imparting some pearls of wisdom, augmented learning with gross anatomy dissections and help identifying the important landmarks. Multi-disciplinary collaboration in action!

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Case #6 – ED TEE for Cardiac Arrest

27 Jan

In this case a sudden deterioration in the emergency department prompts a TTE which shows some concerning physiology.  It is not until the TEE is inserted, however, that the culprit disease can be identified.

*Images courtesy of Dr. Drew Thompson, Division of EM, Western University

Case Highlights:

*TEE in the ED is valuable for critically ill patients

*TEE has advanced diagnostic potential, including the identification of aortic dissection in a rare number of cases

*TEE has value in cardiac arrest in particular for its ability to provide all the benefits of echocardiography (identification of reversible causes, prognostication, subjective and objective evaluation of CPR quality) without any need to interrupt chest compressions

Emergency Intro Course – Basic Applications Pocketcard

21 Jul

This pocketcard is handed out at our annual emergency medicine ultrasound course held each July.

It highlights key points in scans for AAA, abdominal free fluid, pericardial effusions and the confirmation of intrauterine pregnancies.

Pocketcard – Emergency Basic Applications

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If you wish to use non-digitally, I suggest you print double sided on to medium card stock and laminate.

It all starts with the basics!

 

 

ED – POCUS Introductory Course – 2014

12 Jul

July 10th marked the third iteration of the ever-popular POCUS Introductory Course, hosted by the Division of Emergency Medicine.

Featuring multi-disciplinary attendees from Emergency Medicine (CCFP, FRCP and Peds), General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Family Medicine, the scan-packed day was a great success. This year brought some new pre-course material and a revised format geared towards maximizing hands-on-probe time. Helmed by Dr. Behzad Hassani and Dr. Mirza Baig, our new Course Directors led a fun filled, education packed day for 28 new POCUS users with an industry-leading 2:1 student:instructor ratio.

A huge thank you to the organizing team, our Faculty Instructors and of course our models (who each endured dozens upon dozens of scans). Without all of this help the course would not be the annual success it has become.

Stay tuned for updates for our upcoming courses.

 

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