Emergency Medicine

Utrasound - Course Information: Typical Schedule

10:00am - Introduction, ultrasound physics and knobology – Didactic

An introduction to the physics of diagnostic ultrasonography and how to adjust parameters on the ultrasound machine to optimize image quality.

11:00am - Machine orientation – Lab

Hands-on proctored orientation to the ultrasound machine.

11:30am - Vascular – Didactic

Discussion of the use of ultrasound to guide vascular access.

12:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - Vascular – Lab

Proctored practice of identifying vessels for ultrasound guided vascular access on human models. Phantom models will be used for actual needle placement, foreign body localization and abscess identification.

2:30pm - Trauma ultrasound – Didactic

Discussion of when and how the Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma (FAST) exam should be performed and its limitations.

3:30pm - Trauma – Lab

Proctored practice of the FAST exam on human models.

4:30pm - Abdomen review – Interactive

5:30pm - Adjourn

9:00am - AAA – Didactic

Discussion of the ultrasound exam of the abdomen to assess for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

10:00am - AAA – Lab

Proctored practice of the abdominal aortic aneurysm exam.

11:00am - Pelvic ultrasound – Didactic

Discussion of how transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound can be used to identify and assess first trimester intrauterine pregnancy in situations of potential ectopic pregnancy and threatened miscarriage.

12:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm - Pelvic – Lab

Proctored practice of the transabdominal and transvaginal exams on human models. Extra time is provided

2:00pm - Procedural ultrasound and miscellaneous – Didactic

Discussion of the use of ultrasound to guide various emergency department procedures such as pericardiocentesis, thoracentesis and paracentesis. Other miscellaneous uses of ultrasound such as guiding codes/cardiac, differentiating abscesses from cellulitis and identifying foreign bodies will also be covered.

3:00pm - Quiz

Answers to be discussed together by the group and instructors.

3:25pm - Program development: credentialing, CQI, etc. – Didactic

3:50pm - Procedural ultrasound and miscellaneous – Lab

4:45 - Adjourn