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We are now available on iBooks!

May 7, 2014 10 Comments
We are now available on iBooks!

In 2012, we published the print book Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Emergency Physicians, combining the course manuals of The EDE course and The EDE 2 Course. Since then, we’ve received numerous requests for an e-book version, so due to popular demand, we have done just that. The e-book is NOW available on the iBooks Store! Retitled Essentials of Point-of-Care […]

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POCUS for that? Really?

May 10, 2015 0 Comments
POCUS for that? Really?

When we first developed The EDE 2 Course and as we continue to develop new topics at the POCUS laboratory that is EDE 3, participants don’t see it but we go through our own phase of doubt that POCUS could possibly be useful for one indication or another. We ask ourselves “Really? For that?!?” One […]

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EDE Bootcamp

May 5, 2015 0 Comments
EDE Bootcamp

  Once again we are offering a complete certification program for physicians in core point of care ultrasound. July 4-6 2015 at the Best Western Plus in Brantford Ontario we will have over 100 models to scan and over 20 instructors to supervise.  All three sets of examinations are conducted and upon successful completion, attendees […]

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Why I prefer LOOKING at hearts

May 5, 2015 1 Comment
Why I prefer LOOKING at hearts

Seriously, if you haven’t yet learned how to LOOK at hearts with bedside ultrasound you are doing your patients a disservice.  The amount of critical information you are likely missing with auscultation is scary. I saw a 48 year old female currently receiving chemotherapy via portacath for metastatic colon CA.  Presents in the middle of […]

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Unexpected PCE

April 26, 2015 0 Comments
Unexpected PCE

If you only look for PCE when you expect it, you will probably miss some. The first patient had some sort of unexplained febrile illness with a left shift and a creatinine of ~540 or so. Her IVC didn’t indicate marked hypovolemia. I looked at her heart to see the chamber function and found a […]

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Appendicitis-perforated

April 21, 2015 0 Comments
Appendicitis-perforated

This patient gave a fairly convincing story for appendicitis. POCUS revealed a “pocket o’ pus” around the caecum (now->perforated appendicitis). I couldn’t see the appendix and the CT showed it hiding underneath the caecum. [Ed. note:  Free fluid around the bowels in the RLQ in someone with a history suspicious for appendicitis should always prompt […]

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Immediate diagnostic and therapeutic feedback with POCUS; one testicle at a time!

April 10, 2015 1 Comment
Immediate diagnostic and therapeutic feedback with POCUS; one testicle at a time!

Dr. Joel Turner, the emergency medicine ultrasound director at McGill University and staff at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal sends another fantastic case of ultrasound guided testicular torsion reduction.  Is it time for every ED physician to learn this skill?  Time-critical care is our job! [ed]   Case: Immediate diagnostic and therapeutic feedback with POCUS; […]

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National certification standards for advanced applications

April 6, 2015 0 Comments
National certification standards for advanced applications

The Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society (CEUS) has long provided national certification standards for basic point of care ultrasound applications in the emergency department.  There has been a lot of controversy and debate about these guidelines.   There is little doubt they help protect patient safety and set a high standard of care that allowed the expansion […]

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Clavicle Fracture-Do we need to Xray all of them?

April 6, 2015 0 Comments
Clavicle Fracture-Do we need to Xray all of them?

This young man was body checked. His clavicle was not obviously deformed. POCUS easily showed the fracture. I guess at some point we might not feel the need to do the X-ray.

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Send the right patients home with POCUS

April 4, 2015 0 Comments
Send the right patients home with POCUS

Dr. Tim Van Aerde sent us this great case which illustrates some important points. This lady came in with vaginal bleeding, hCG 2500 and very minor left flank pain. Vitals normal. Hemoglobin normal. In the past I would have sent this patient home with an ultrasound in the morning. Threw on the probe and saw […]

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Swollen finger? Take a bath!

March 31, 2015 2 Comments
Swollen finger? Take a bath!

Dr. Gordon presents a case of a swollen finger worth reviewing. POCUS is becoming extremely useful at investigating these patients as it allows great visualization of the tendon and sheath showing lacerations, foreign bodies and infection.  Being a dynamic exam, you can have the patient move their digits and watch the tendons slide. An important trick is […]

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