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TEE in the ICU: ECMO Management

8 Nov

Here at Western we use a fair amount of TEE in resuscitation in the ICU, the ED and the trauma bay.  The below video highlights the utility of seeing the heart and guiding procedures in the context of a complex critically ill patient receiving extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).  This is a “photo essay” so there is no sound (your volume isn’t broken!).  We hope to publish more or our illustrative cases that demonstrate the value of TEE at the bedside for your critically ill patients.  Stay tuned.

CRUS Course 2017 – Expanding POCUS Horizons

10 Oct

 

 

A sold out CRUS 2017 brought new teaching strategies and continued legacy of training cutting edge point-of-care ultrasound techniques to a broad cross section of physicians.  Residents and consultants from 8 different specialties took to University Hospital in the middle of August to begin the journey to ultrasound mastery in point-of-care techniques such as lung, cardiac and abdominal ultrasound.

This course marked the introduction of a series of new innovations. We unveiled a new 3rd day of simulation enriched ultrasound teaching, lead by Dr. Rob Leeper.  We also launched an inaugural retention strategy following the course that will allow participants to continue to receive mentorship and support following the course to ensure they sustain and grow their skills.

Timing and location of CRUS 2018 to be announced but please stay tuned and check http://www.resus.us regularly.

See a full repository of images from the course here.

Canadian Resuscitative Ultrasound Course – Registration OPEN!

24 Feb

The 8th Annual Canadian Resuscitative Ultrasound Course is now OPEN for registration.

http://www.resus.us

The 2 day course (with the option of a 3rd half-day) is being held on August 16th, 17th (and 18th) 2017 at the sophisticated CSTAR facility at University Hospital in London, Ontario.  This is the biggest and most comprehensive course of its kind offered in Canada. It is ideal for any clinician involved in resuscitation, such as intensivists, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists or internists.

In the core 2-day course, we emphasize resuscitative ultrasound in the following domains:

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

For those who wish to stay for the 3rd day, a half-day ultrasound enriched simulation experience run by our local sim experts.

NEW this year – we have a new “retention” package that is looking to help those physicians working without much ultrasound mentorship to retain their skills after the course through regular video conference sessions for the year following our course.  Be sure to check out all the different registration options on our course website.173A4905

2016 Canadian Resuscitative Ultrasound Course – A Resounding Success

26 Aug

With 72 learners, 25 faculty and 2.5 days of high intensity, resuscitative ultrasound training, the 2016 CRUS course outdid itself even this year.  In addition to the usual features of the course like a flipped classroom curriculum (eliminating lectures altogether), 5 hours a day of practical training and a 2:1 learner to trainer bedside ratio, this course offered a new general simulation station (ultrasound integrated, of course), star studded local, national and international faculty and a showcase of the newest and most innovative ultrasound techniques and equipment.  Also, this year, lunchtime Kahoot sessions and an optional third day was added to address the growing interest in learning advanced echocardiographic techniques to be applied at the point-of-care were exciting additions to our program.

A huge thank you to all those learners, faculty, vendors and staff (esp the CSTAR staff and Rebecca Rondinelli) for making this a memorable experience!

This scale of course can only happen once a year so mark your calendars for the 2017 course which will take place on August 17 and 18 2017.  Keep tabs on this website for announcements or, if you would like to be emailed when course registration for 2017 opens, please email Tammy Mills at tammy.mills@lhsc.on.ca

 

For some snaps of the course this year, see our gallery below.

Critical Care Ultrasound Fellowship: Dr. Vincent Lau

8 Jul

CCUS Fellowship

Critical Care Western and the Critical Care Ultrasound Program are extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Vincent Lau, FRCPC (internal medicine and critical care) is the new critical care ultrasound fellow!

Dr. Lau will embark on a 6 month fellowship here at Western designed to position him as a national leader in the performance and oversight of critical care ultrasound.  In particular, Dr. Lau will focus on:

-advanced scanning techniques (including advanced cardiac, TEE and TCD scanning)
-creation of educational content for this website and social media
-contributing to book chapters and ongoing POCUS research
-co-directing the annual Resuscitative Ultrasound Course
-supervising the critical care ultrasound “POCUS” rotation
-conducting quality assurance on the daily scans carried out in both the citywide ICU’s

We are delighted to have Dr. Lau in the program.

About the Critical Care Ultrasound Fellowship:

The only fellowship of its kind, the CCUS fellowship is designed to support the development of critical care physicians in to leaders in the emerging sub-specialty of critical care ultrasound.  Scanning techniques, scholarly activity (research, educational content development and book chapters) as well as program management (quality assurance, administration and curriculum design) are the prevailing themes of the fellowship.  For a full description of the fellowship, see this document.

If you are interested in the fellowship please contact Dr. Robert Arntfield for more details.