2015 Critical Care Ultrasound Course – Open for Registration

7 Apr

The 6th annual Western University Critical Care Ultrasound Course is now open for registration!

The brochure for the course can be found here CCUS 2015

The 2 day course, directed by Dr. Rob Arntfield, is being held on August 20th and Aug 21st, 2015 at University Hospital in London, Ontario and is the biggest, most comprehensive course of its kind offered in Canada. It is ideal for any clinician involved in resuscitation, such as intensivists, emergency physicians, general internists and anesthesiologists.

The course emphasizes resuscitative ultrasound in the following domains:

-critical care echocardiography
-lung and pleural ultrasound
-abdominal free fluid
-ultrasound guided vascular access (central, peripheral – incl PICC lines, arterial)
-DVT

See images from last year’s course here.

The course is designed to maximize time spent engaged in practical skills like scanning or practicing image interpretation:

-exceptional participant to faculty ratio of 2:1 for bedside scanning instruction
-lecture content made available online for self-study before course (available 4 weeks ahead of course)
-on day of course: very brief lectures with live demonstration reviewing contents from pre-course lectures
-Sono-social the first night of the course with dinner and live music!

Along with our talented local faculty, guest faculty this year include Drs. Bret Nelson (Mt Sinai, NYC), Pierre Kory (U of Wisonsin) and Scott Millington (U of Ottawa).

To register and for more details please go to this link: http://www.cvent.com/d/k4qtc2

The brochure for the course can be found here CCUS 2015

Contact tammy.mills@lhsc.on.ca with any questions.

 

2015 Critical Care Ultrasound Course – Registration Now Open

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The 2015 Critical Care Ultrasound Course will be offered August 20-21, 2015.

This annual course is offered as the official course of our Critical Care training program and is attended by all critical care fellows.  Further, it will be the most comprehensive course offered in the country for the intensivist or resuscitative physician who seeks to acquired fundamental skills in the assessment of:

-Thoracic and lung ultrasound
-Vascular access, including peripheral veins and arteries
-Assessment for DVT
-Critical Care Echocardiography including assessment of LV function, RV, pericardium, valves and IVC.

The course will be directed by Robert Arntfield.

Additional faculty, agenda and brochure will be announced closer to the course but for a sense of what is in store for you, see the images from the 2014 course.

If you have interest in attending this course please email Tammy.Mills@lhsc.on.ca who will be able to notify you when registration for this course opens early in 2015.

Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound 2015

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The Division of Emergency Medicine is pleased to announce the 2015 iteration of its annual introductory course in ED point of care ultrasound.  This course will emphasize the “Fundamental 4″ views and 5 indications of point of care ultrasound in the ED and is aimed at practitioners who are beginning their pathway to competence in point of care ultrasound.

The “Fundamental 4″ are:

  • Abdominal : Presence of intra-peritoneal fluid? (Yes/No)
  • Abdominal : Presence of abdominal aortic aneurysm? (Yes/No)
  • Subcostal Cardiac : Presence of pericardial fluid? (Yes/No)                                                                     Cardiac activity during arrest? (Yes/No)
  • Pelvic : Presence of intra-uterine pregnancy? (Yes/No)

The course will feature an outstanding faculty to learner ratio for hands-on sessions as well as innovative image interpretation sessions.  These small group sessions emphasize image interpretation skills and serve as intimate venues to reinforce clinical integration pathways.

Course directors are Drs. Behzad Hassani, Heather Hames and Grant Coome. Bedside instructors will include faculty from within the Division of EM’s experienced group of point of care sonographers.

The date for the 2015 course will be July 9, 2015.  If you have interest in attending as a participant please contact us via email at westernsono@gmail.com (please include Emergency Course in subject line).

Some pics from our previous courses can be found here.

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Nerve Blocks, Lumbar Punctures and the Probe

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A fun filled educational day with our colleagues in Regional Anesthesia here @westernsono. A great opportunity for our keen POCUS Faculty and Senior learners to be introduced to the topics of nerve blocks and POCUS-facilitated lumbar punctures. A special thanks to Dr. Su Ganapathy and Dr. Rakesh Sondekoppam for imparting some pearls of wisdom, augmented learning with gross anatomy dissections and help identifying the important landmarks. Multi-disciplinary collaboration in action!

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Case #6 – ED TEE for Cardiac Arrest

27 Jan

In this case a sudden deterioration in the emergency department prompts a TTE which shows some concerning physiology.  It is not until the TEE is inserted, however, that the culprit disease can be identified.

*Images courtesy of Dr. Drew Thompson, Division of EM, Western University

Case Highlights:

*TEE in the ED is valuable for critically ill patients

*TEE has advanced diagnostic potential, including the identification of aortic dissection in a rare number of cases

*TEE has value in cardiac arrest in particular for its ability to provide all the benefits of echocardiography (identification of reversible causes, prognostication, subjective and objective evaluation of CPR quality) without any need to interrupt chest compressions

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