The course will provide point-of-care ultrasound training to physician assistants working in emergency medicine. Focused, goal-directed ultrasound will be performed to answer a specific clinical question, which could change the next step in patient care. The course will also include didactic lectures, case presentations and hands-on skills labs to allow participants to use ultrasound machines on both live human and simulation models.
To introduce the participant to the use of focused point of care ultrasound through didactic lectures, case presentations and hands on ultrasound scan sessions. The focus will be on emergency medicine applications, specifically the 10 core EM modalities as recommended by the American College of Emergency Physicians 2008 guidelines, and will include new emerging scan protocols. that have been shown to improve patient care and throughput.
Topics to include:
- Ultrasound Physics and Knobology
- The Extended FAST Exam
- Renal Ultrasound
- Biliary Ultrasound
- Aorta Ultrasound
- Cardiac and Inferior Vena Cava Ultrasound
- Thoracic Ultrasound
- Pelvic Ultrasound
- Lower Extremity Deep Vein Ultrasound
- Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Ultrasound
- Ocular Ultrasound
- Ultrasound Guided Procedures
- Central venous catheters
- Peripheral IVs
- Lumbar puncture
- Abscess drainage and foreign body removal
- Nerve blocks
Educational materials including handouts, image case review files, and quick reference scan cards will be made available to all participants two weeks prior to the course.