So you want to do some ultrasound scanning! Here are some things you should know before picking up a probe:
We highly recommend that you read these and try to achieve ACEM level accreditation to perform EFAST & AAA bedside ultrasounds while you have access to several highly credentialed ultrasound trained Emergency Physicians while at SCGH ED.
- ACEM Policy on the use of Fucused Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine
- ACEM policy on credentialing for ED US: Trauma and Suspected AAA
- ACEM policy on credentialing for Focused Echocardiography in Life Support
- SCGH ED Clinician Performed Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines – THIS IS A MUST READ! Includes ultrasound training options
- ACEM minimum criteria for ultrasound workshop
- Training options as discussed in the SCGH ED Clinician Performed Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines
These are printable pdf versions of logbooks for cataloguing your AAA & EFAST scans to meet the ACEM accreditation requirements (courtesy of Ultrasound Village)
Individual Ultrasound Forms:
The individual versions of the logbook forms from Ultrasound Village for documenting your bedside ultrasounds
And some more for accredited advanced users…
- AAA Advanced Report
- Echo Report
- Early Pregnancy Report
- Biliary Report
- Renal Tract Report
Looking after the Ultrasound Probe:
This video, courtesy of the Sono Cave, describes:
- How and when to use an ultrasound probe cover
- How to clean the transducer after day to day use
- It also touches on how the probe should be cleaned if it comes in contact with bodily fluids
Basic Ultrasound Physics:
- Ultrasound physics lecture (30mins) by Adrian Goudie (ultrasoundvillage.com)
- Ultraosund artifacts lecture (23mins) by James Rippey (ultrasoundvillage.com)
Ultrasound Machine Setup & Scanning Technique
- How to perform an ultrasound examination (55mins) by James Rippey (ultrasoundvillage.com)
- Imaging pearls and pitfalls (18mins) by Adrian Goudie
- This is a comprehensive course designed to ensure the learner acquires the knowledge they need to safely and effectively perform ultrasound guided peripheral intravenous access whenever it is indicated. It is for medical professionals only.
- Trainees work through the lectures and complete quizzes to ensure they understand the key concepts. A certificate of completion can be downloaded.
- Ideally candidates then attend a workshop to practice their new skill, honing the complex and multidimensional visuomotor and visuospatial skills required before moving on to patients.
- A practical competence-based assessment ensures the trainee has reached an acceptable level of understanding and ability.
AAA Video Lecture – Courtesy of Ultrasound Village’s Adrian Goudie