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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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How clean is your probe?

February 25, 2014 0 Comments
How clean is your probe?

Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Hospital-Wide Survey of Bacterial Contamination of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Probes and Coupling Gel I find the results of this article surprising but welcome.  If your shop is anything like mine, it isn’t unheard of to see a probe covered in partly dried gel or even some blood in the resuscitation room.  There […]

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EDE 2/3 Calgary: -35 degree scanning

February 16, 2014 0 Comments
EDE 2/3 Calgary: -35 degree scanning

 The 41st EDE 2 course is officially complete!  We had a fantastic group of enthusiastic physicians attend despite the arctic temperatures.  Sure there were cars that wouldn’t start and the ultrasound models’ goosebumps made it harder to scan them, but we are Canadian and we laugh at the cold!  Particularly when it isn’t us getting […]

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Think about the children! Ruling in appendicitis

February 1, 2014 0 Comments
Think about the children!  Ruling in appendicitis

  A few days ago I was shocked and surprised to have an 8 year old male taken to the O.R. by our surgeon with only a clinical exam and my bedside scan.  The child was seen in the late evening when access to U/S and CT is very limited at our shop. While the […]

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Apocalypse Now! Nonradiologists performing most US-guided procedures

January 29, 2014 0 Comments
Apocalypse Now! Nonradiologists performing most US-guided procedures

  The Increasing Role of Nonradiologists in Performing Ultrasound-Guided Invasive Procedures Journal of the American College of Radiology (November 2013), 10 (11), Complete, pg. 859-863 Richard E. Sharpe; Levon N. Nazarian; David C. Levin; Laurence Parker; Vijay M. Rao In this American study, data shows that as of 2010 non-radiologists were doing more ultrasound guided […]

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A very scary abscess story

January 13, 2014 0 Comments
A very scary abscess story

Dr. Andrea Unger is an emergency physician and avid POCUS educator.  She has recorded some of the scariest images you will ever see when it comes to abscesses, reinforcing why ultrasound should be a crucial part of your exam of potential fluid collections. [Ed.] I was asked to come and see a patient, by a […]

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EDE 3 Leading Edge POCUS Conference

January 9, 2014 0 Comments
EDE 3 Leading Edge POCUS Conference

The second annual EDE 3 conference has just wrapped up in Turks and Caicos.  Despite the horrible Canadian weather making it miserable to travel, 30 brave families succeeded in attending the sold-out course. Topics included: confirmation of ETT placement, US-guided cricothyrotomy, US assessment of appendicitis, diverticulitis, bowel obstruction Testicular US Shoulder assessment Thorax (pneumonia, pulmonary […]

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Happy Holidays POCUS-style!

December 24, 2013 0 Comments
Happy Holidays POCUS-style!

May POCUS help you do the right thing for your patients at this time of year when access to health care and diagnostics is in short supply. And yes, as you can see Santa brought me a whole bunch of presents this year! I will get to share them with those attending the EDE 3 […]

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Making Mountains out of Moles: The molar pregnancy

November 30, 2013 0 Comments
Making Mountains out of Moles: The molar pregnancy

I was called into an exam room by our physician assistant  the other day.  She had just done a POCUS on a 43 year old female, gravida 5, 10 weeks pregnant, with vaginal spotting and no significant pain.  We are lucky to have some keen PA’s who are completing their certification in basic POCUS.  This […]

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