The Vascular Access Ultrasound Course (6 hours of CME)

AccessThe Vascular Access Course is designed for anyone involved in vascular access. This course will teach you how to use ultrasound to improve your success rates and improve patient care when placing lines, both central and peripheral. We cover the basics of ultrasound and line placement with ultrasound and then spend a great deal of time in lab practicing placing lines in multiple different types of phantoms. Models are also use to practice identifying the anatomy and landmarks. The Vascular Access Ultrasound Course is awarded 6 hours of AMA PRA Category 1TMCME for the time spent in the classroom and training lab session. 

Upon completion of the Vascular Access Course, participants will be able to:

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

2)  Acquire ultrasound images for limited examination of the vascular structures in the neck and limbs for the purpose of placing intravascular catheters. 

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

The Vascular Access 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.
1045-1245 Training Lab