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POCUS Staff Sessions : Thoracic Module

17 Jun

We are excited to have our inaugural ED staff training module in Thoracic POCUS off to a great start! Over a dozen of our ED faculty have already participated in our mini hands on and image interpretation sessions, with more sessions to come. Armed with their new skills in lung sonography, our ED faculty trainees are now off scanning thoraces with online feedback and guidance from our dedicated POCUS team.

Thanks to all that have participated, and special thanks to Cristiana Olaru, Behzad Hassani and Drew Thompson for this CME development.

Stay tuned for our next applications in the modular series.

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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!



Basic Applications – FAST Exam – Part II

20 Jun

Dr. Hames has recorded a second chapter for the FAST component of our Point of Care Ultrasound Series.

This screencast spends more time on identifying potential errors leading to false negative and false positive studies.

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Advanced Critical Care Echo Handbook

10 Feb


So you’re feeling comfortable with assessing LV function, RV function, the pericardium, the IVC and some basic valve stuff.  What next?  What should you focus on to take your critical care echo game to the next level?

For some inspiration, check out this handbook  that Dr. Mark Tutschka (PGY5 – Critical Care) has put together.  It is a nice, succinct guide to some of the advanced applications for echocardiography in the ICU that he (and I) feel are most valuable in the initial venture in to Doppler, grading regurgitation severity and some more quantitative analysis that will help with hemodynamics.  It is by no means comprehensive but should whet your appetite for something more substantial, like a definitive echocardiography text or this excellent ICU echocardiography book.

The book can be easily bound in to a pocket-sized handbook.  We have some here at Western if you’re interested in a free copy.


Lung Ultrasound – Interpreting the lung and pleural “signatures”

12 Oct

In follow up to the tutorial on lung ultrasound image acquisition, this tutorial reviews the essential “signatures” of lung and pleural ultrasound that guide image interpretation.

Go ahead – take 20 minutes and unlock the power of lung ultrasound through this review of the 5 essential findings:

1.  Lung sliding (along with lung pulse, lung point)
2.  A lines
3.  B lines
4.  Consolidation
5.  Effusion