The Introductory Course (16 hours of CME)

traumaThe Emergency Ultrasound Course is a two day introductory course that covers all the primary applications of emergency ultrasound. The course is arranged so lectures are given in the morning with concentrated hands on lab experience in the afternoon both days. The lab uses live models for a realistic training experience and we provide adequate faculty coverage to ensure a significant hands on experience for each participant.

The Introductory Course also includes the Vascular Access course, so you will get both courses for the price of one!  The Introductory Course is awarded 16 hours of AMA PRA Category 1TMCME for the time spent in the classroom and training lab sessions. 

Upon completion of the Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound Course, participants will be able to :

1) Demonstrate the ability to properly operate and ultrasound machine and make adjustments to obtain adequate image quality.

2) Acquire ultrasound images for limited examination of the following organ systems: abdominal aorta, renal, female reproductive organs, cardiac and biliary. 

3) Acquire ultrasound images used to determine injuries in the Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma exam.  

4) Use ultrasound to facilitate the intravascular placement of catheters.  

Introductory Ultrasound Course Sample Agenda
Day 1
0730-0800 Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound
Where we have been and where we are going
0800-0845 Physics and Fundamentals
A concise and simplified explanation of ultrasound physics.
0845-0900 Break
0900-0945 Instrumentation
How do I turn on the machine? Which probe do I use? How do I prepare the patient? What am I looking at?
0945-1000 Break
1000-1045 Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access
An overview of how to use ultrasound to help guide central venous access and peripheral venous access. Multiple Phantoms are used in lab to help students get real time practice.
1045-1145 Trauma Ultrasound
What is "FAST"? This lecture provides an introduction to the most helpful diagnostic tool in the trauma suite.
1145-1245 Lunch
1245-1445 Abdominal & Retroperitoneal Ultrasound
These lectures cover the anatomy of abdominal and retroperitoneal structures including, abdominal vasculature, gallbladder, spleen, liver and kidney. We also review the important pathology you will need to be able to recognize by ultrasound.
1500-1800 Training Lab
Day 2
0745-0900 Introduction to Cardiac Ultrasound
The best diagnostic tool for the patient in shock or cardiac arrest. The ONLY study to find a pericardial effusion.
0900-0915 Break
0915-1115 OB/GYN Ultrasound
A comprehensive introduction to the often confusing orientation of transvaginal sonography. These lectures also explore the most common use of ultrasound by the EM physician. Do not get caught trying to rely on your physical exam to rule out ectopic pregnancy. The only reliable tests for the evaluation of first-trimester pregnancy are the quantitative HCG and an ultrasound. This lecture is followed by a series of case studies.
1115-1230 Lunch
1230-1330 DVT Evaluation-
You will learn the techniques you can use to quickly evaluate patients for DVT using a limited study
1330-1630 Training Lab