Ultrasound – Beginner

Wednesday, 22 September 2022
08:00 – 12:00

Course Fee

  • Organizing Society Member (AAEM, MAEM): $445
  • Non-Member: $480

Course Fee — Special Discount if taking both Ultrasound Courses - Beginner and Advanced

  • Organizing Society Member (AAEM, MAEM): $775
  • Non-Member: $815

Course Description

Beginner participants have wanted more imaging of the heart and central line placement. This year, didactic lectures will provide state of the art audiovisual presentation by a veteran faculty, followed by small groups of a maximum four participants, per one (1) instructor allowing each individual participant ample time with their hand on the probe.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the course, each participant should be able to:

  1. Echo & Aorta
    1. Understand the surface landmarks for appropriate transducer positioning to perform sonographic examinations of the thoracic and abdominal aorta.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to identify and visualize landmarks for the aorta in the transverse and longitudinal scanning planes.
    3. Understand the sonographic findings and pitfalls for identifying pathology including aortic aneurysm.
    4. Understand the utility of motion modality (M-mode) and demonstrate its use.
    5. Demonstrate the surface landmarks and transducer position necessary to perform an echocardiogram in the emergency department.
    6. Acquire and interpret sonographic images of heart (subcostal, parasternal long, parasternal short and apical windows).
    7. Identify pathologic conditions such as pericardial effusion, gross wall motion abnormalities and cardiac tamponade.
  2. eFAST
    1. Understand the surface landmarks for appropriate transducer positioning to perform the Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (eFAST) examination.
    2. Understand the sonographic landmarks and anatomical relationships of the heart, liver, spleen and bladder as they relate to the FAST examination.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and visualize the areas of potential intra-abdominal and thoracic spaces for free fluid to collect or pneumothorax.
    4. Understand the sonographic findings and pitfalls for identifying life-threatening trauma conditions such as cardiac tamponade, hemo/pneumothorax and intra-abdominal hemorrhage.
  3. Vascular Access
    1. Understand the sonographic landmarks and anatomical relationships as they relate to the vasculature of the neck, upper extremity and groin.
    2. Acquire and interpret sonographic images of the internal jugular, femoral, basilic, brachial and axillary veins in live patient models.
    3. Demonstrate ultrasound guided cannulation on vascular simulator.

Target Audience

Emergency Medicine practitioners with limited experience in point of care ultrasound (POCUS), who seek to improve their knowledge and skill level.

Course Prerequisite

There are no course prerequisites.

Course Directors

Christine Butts, MD FAAEM
Clinical Associate Professor, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Eric Chin, MD MBA FAAEM
Program Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, San Antonio, TX, United States

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11 April 2022
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21 September 2022
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22-24 September 2022
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