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Author Archive: Greg Hall

Greg is a graduate of Western University and directory of emergency department ultrasound in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He is a clinical associate professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
He is a co-author of the Point-of-care Ultrasound for Emergency Physician textbook and director of the EDE3 course.

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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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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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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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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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Belly button mystery

February 22, 2015 1 Comment
Belly button mystery

Here’s a really nice case from Dr. Michael Garner. A healthy 17 yo male presents with a 1st episode of peri-umbilical progressive pain for the past 3 days.  No nausea or vomiting; Normal stool; Unconfirmed fever.  Slight discharge from umbilicus for last 24 hours. Referred by clinic to R/O incarcerated hernia. Examination of the abdomen […]

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Huge save in a patient with neck swelling

February 16, 2015 2 Comments
Huge save in a patient with neck swelling

Dr. Joel Turner , the fellowship director in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound in McGill’s department of Emergency Medicine at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal presents the following case.  If this doesn’t make you reach for your ultrasound probe, nothing will!   55 year old female sent to the ED because of progressive, non-traumatic swelling of the […]

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EDE 3: Scanning, skiing and success!

February 5, 2015 1 Comment
EDE 3: Scanning, skiing and success!

The third annual EDE 3 course was a huge success.  Forty adventurous individuals travelled to Sun Peaks, British Colombia Feb 2-3 to attend the largest EDE course ever. Located at the beautiful Sun Peaks Grand Hotel we had 16 ultrasound machines, 15 instructors, over 30 ultrasound models, and plenty of fresh powder. Amazing presentations were given […]

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