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Winter is coming!

July 26, 2018 0 Comments
Winter is coming!

OK, winter is still far away. But it will unfortunately be here before you know it. Why do I mention that in the middle of a hot summer? Winter is hip fracture season. And hip fractures mean that it’s time to get your ultrasound machine, a needle, local anesthetic, and some other bits of gear […]

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EDE Zen and the Art of POCUS Teaching

June 17, 2018 0 Comments
EDE Zen and the Art of POCUS Teaching

This is for all the POCUS teachers out there… We started the EDE 2 course in February 2009. To be honest, myself and the rest of the team were still figuring out the best way to do the various scans that we taught. We were also improving our bedside teaching. As most of you know, […]

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Incidental POCUS Findings – The Gallbladder

June 4, 2018 0 Comments
Incidental POCUS Findings – The Gallbladder

There’s a whole host of abnormalities that one can find on POCUS. Some of them do not represent an acute problem. Most of them are of a minor nature and quite common, and do not need further imaging. But in a few cases, follow-up elective imaging is required. Here’s an example. This elderly patient presented […]

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The Septal Slap

May 15, 2018 0 Comments
The Septal Slap

I like giving credit where credit is due. But often enough, it is simply not possible. As we learn and teach point-of-care ultrasound, we stand on the shoulders of many unidentified people. Long ago, there were the early scientists who researched sound waves. They discovered that part of the sound spectrum that we now use […]

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Le livre ÉDU est maintenant sur iBooks

May 6, 2018 0 Comments
Le livre ÉDU est maintenant sur iBooks

Tel que promis l’automne passé, nous avons publié le livre ÉDU sur iBooks. Tout comme la version anglaise du livre numérique, « L’essentiel de l’échographie ciblée » ajoute ses fonctionnalités : • des questionnaires • plus que quarante vidéos • des références avec des hyperliens à PubMed • des liens au contenu sur le Blogue […]

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Saving Brainspace with POCUS

February 8, 2018 0 Comments
Saving Brainspace with POCUS

Here is a cool case that Lloyd Gordon recently sent us… “A 60 year-old woman had a fever of 39.6C and vomiting. The triage note mentioned abdominal pain but she didn’t have any pain when I saw her and she never asked for analgesics. Her abdomen was completely benign and she looked well. Not much […]

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EM Update in Toronto, Week of April 23

February 1, 2018 0 Comments
EM Update in Toronto, Week of April 23

Lots of POCUS stuff will be happening at EMU this year. EDE and EDE 2 take place prior to the conference. EDE Master Instructors Jordan Chenkin and Rob Simard from Sunnybrook/U of T as well as Greg Hall (EDE 3/Brantford/McMaster) and myself will be running POCUS workshops during the conference. POCUS will even be on […]

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Foreign bodies in genitalia – Time for POCUS!

January 31, 2018 0 Comments
Foreign bodies in genitalia – Time for POCUS!

How’s that for a title! Books, lectures and plenty of other resources on foreign bodies would not be complete without at least one eye-catching image of a foreign body in an orifice where it clearly does not belong :). And there is often a bizarre story to go along with it. Admit it! Everyone has […]

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Pining for POCUS

January 22, 2018 1 Comment
Pining for POCUS

I just met Dr Wendy Iseman online. She is an emergency physician from Markham in the GTA. She signed up for the EDE 2 Course being held prior to the EMU conference. But she had to cancel. Why? Their one and only ultrasound machine has suffered a final blow and will emit sound waves no […]

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The C Word & POCUS

December 29, 2017 0 Comments
The C Word & POCUS

Is cancer an emergency medical diagnosis? Technically, it’s not. The primary diagnosis of cancer does not show up in any emergency medicine textbooks. And rightly so. Although the complications of cancer can kill quickly, cancer itself develops relatively slowly. As such, the responsibility for the initial diagnosis of cancer falls largely to family physicians and […]

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