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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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Fewer admissions with Hip POCUS: Part Two

May 31, 2015 0 Comments
Fewer admissions with Hip POCUS: Part Two

In part two of our discussion regarding hip POCUS-guided arthrocentesis and injections we have just received this case from Dr. Chris Keefer from Brantford General Hospital’s emergency department. A patient in her late 30s presented with severe hip pain of rapid onset.  No recent trauma.  Recent flu-like illness.  Otherwise healthy with no significant medical conditions. He […]

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POCUS at CAEP 2015

May 30, 2015 0 Comments
POCUS at CAEP 2015

Yours truly will be at ÉDU 2 CHUM in Montréal on June 1-2, so I’ll be missing out on the POCUS fun at CAEP. For those of you who will be there, here’s a summary of everything POCUS: 3 consecutive meetings on Monday, June 1, all in salon 6 Ultrasound practice committee, Ryan Henneberry, 930-1030 […]

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Fewer admissions with Hip POCUS

May 30, 2015 0 Comments
Fewer admissions with Hip POCUS

The Canadian healthcare system is perfect, eh? Uh, no not really. One of the more well-publicized and frustrating ways in which this imperfection manifests itself is the wait list for orthopedic consultation and elective surgery, the most notorious being joint replacement. All Canadian EDs probably see patients with some frequency who present with osteoarthritis of […]

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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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