Ultrasound Life Support Course
Date: 29 February 2016
Venue: Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Critical care physicians, emergency physicians, physicians, surgeons, anaesthetist, nurse practitioners, residents, medical officers and healthcare workers involved in the management of ill patients.
Specifically designed for healthcare providers who are exploring point of care ultrasound to enhance management of the critically ill patient. Covering six major systems in detail, the course presents a systematic and comprehensive assessment with ultrasound, adopting the familiar “A-B-C-D” format used in the major life support curricula. This focused and targeted evaluation aims to enable a rapid and effective decision making, and improve triage, diagnostic, therapeutic and monitoring capabilities.
Lectures are condensed and delivered in an interactive format. The Hands-on Training is the cornerstone of the program. During these sessions, trainees will be guided to perform bedside scans on volunteers with normal and pathological findings and practise intervention skills on mannequins. With 5 hours set aside for bedside scanning and keeping the trainer to trainee ratio at maximum of 1:4, participants will have ample opportunities to practise during the Hands-on Training sessions. This course will lay the foundation required of the healthcare provider in using point of care ultrasound in the resuscitation of the critically ill.
Upon completion of this course, participants will learn how to:
- Perform focused assessment of the airway, lung, cardiac, inferior venae cavae, abdominal aorta, peritoneal space and deep venous system of the lower limbs.
- Screen for and identify the 4 major classes of shock: Hypovolemic, distributive, cardiogenic and obstructive shock.
- Perform chest ultrasound for the diagnosis of pneumothorax, pleural effusion and interstitial syndrome.
- Perform cardiac ultrasound for the diagnosis of pericardial effusion, systolic heart failure and right heart strain.
- Perform FAST exam for the diagnosis of free intra-peritoneal, pleural and pericardial fluid.
- Perform abdominal exam for the diagnosis of abdominal aortic aneurysm.
- Perform lower limb venous examination for the diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis.
- Perform IVC assessment for collapsibility and distensibility.
- Perform basic soft tissue ultrasound assessment for infection and foreign body.
- Evaluate for volume status, fluid responsiveness and fluid tolerance.Integrate key sonographic findings to guide resuscitation of the critically ill.
This course is designed to meet one or more of the following ACGME competencies:
- Patient Care
- Medical Knowledge
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
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