The role of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) – an ultrasonography performed and assessed by the clinician at the bedside – as an extension of the clinical examination in the acute assessment of trauma as well undifferentiated shock in medical and surgical patients has rapidly evolving in Ireland.
As ultrasound equipment continues to become more compact, higher quality and less expensive increasing numbers of emergency departments and hospitals now have access to POCUS. However, they are limited in their appropriate usage due to a lack of knowledge and familiarity.
The ability to use real time dynamic images obtained immediately allows findings to be directly correlated by a clinician with a patient’s presenting symptoms and signs, and is easily repeated as these may change. It has been adopted for usage by various specialties, and it’s applications can be broadly divided into: procedural, diagnostic and screening.
This three-day programme is a joint collaboration between the RCSI Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital’s POCUS at The Pillar Centre team. The programme provides a practical hands-on overview of the skills required for the application of ultrasound in the acute setting.
Upon completion, you will be awarded an RCSI Accredited Certificate in Emergency Point of Care Ultrasound Skills.