The Day Last Friday I had the amazing opportunity to present our work at the Department of Medicine Resident Research Day (take a deep breath before saying this one out loud): Acquisition and Retention of Lung Ultrasound Skills by Respiratory Therapists: a point-of-care ultrasound curriculum for respiratory therapists (and breathe). Although complimentary meals are usually enough to get hungry medical students out to [...]
A 30-year-old female, presents to the emergency department with acute lower abdominal pain. She is 9 weeks pregnant by dates and has had no formal ultrasound prior to presentation. Her initial vitals are; HR 102, BP 116/70, RR 24, T 36.2 and SpO2 98% on RA. A bedside ultrasound is completed and demonstrates:
A 75 year old male presents to the emergency department with delirium and fever. You use your POCUS skills to look for a possible source of infection in his lungs.
Hi POCUS enthusiasts, We set a new record with >65 participants in last week's case voting. Unfortunately this will be our last COTW/COTG until we are back in action in early April. For all those who haven't signed up for automatic distribution do it now by going to westernsono.ca and filling in your name and email address. This will be the last email reminder! Now let's jump into [...]
Hi POCUS enthusiasts,Thanks again to the more than 20 participants in the online voting for last week's case! For those who have yet to sign up, just go to westernsono.ca and insert your name and email into the text box on the right side of the webpage. Then get ready to flex your POCUS muscles and post your answers/votes. Or click here to access the case directly: https://westernsono.ca/category/cases/ The [...]
A 42 year old female is admitted with ARDS and a pleural POCUS is performed. Due to difficulties identifying lung sliding, M-mode was used to evaluate for pneumothorax. Based on this image, does the patient has a pneumothorax? What is the 2D ultrasound image correlate of the vertical areas as shown by the arrows?
A middle aged man presented to the Emergency Department 5 days after a ERCP and stent insertion for obstructive jaundice feeling unwell, feverish, and lightheaded. He rapidly deteriorated with hypotension and was admitted to the ICU with sepsis NYD. What (if anything) is concerning on this patient's RUQ/biliary POCUS? What management steps would you recommend based on these images?
A 62 year-old female was admitted to the ICU after a presumed hypoxic cardiac arrest. She had a history of "heart failure" and renal failure on dialysis.
Hi POCUS enthusiasts,A holiday miracle has happened (albeit a couple days late)! Kudos to Katie Wiskar for her awesome educational cases and those captivating "Eye Scandy" clips that kept us mesmerized! We can't wait to have her back. To quickly introduce myself, I'm Marko Balan and sixth-year critical care resident at Dalhousie who will be spending some time with the Western POCUS team this year. I [...]
"This reflective writing piece was completed by Dr. Aashish Kalani upon completion of his recent CCUS block. For those of you unable to rotate with us, who have rotated but may have forgotten some things or for those who will someday rotate with us, read on - I think you'll find value here!" The differential for hyperdynamic LV function is broad, [...]