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EDE 2 at EMU and new course format

January 4, 2017 0 Comments
EDE 2 at EMU and new course format

  Just a quick announcement to let everyone know that we have posted the courses on the EDE 2 website that will take place prior to the EMU conference. The course taking place on Monday, May 1 is open to everyone. As for the course on Tuesday, May 2, those spots are reserved for conference […]

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Tom Jelic’s EDE 3 Journal Club

January 3, 2017 0 Comments
Tom Jelic’s EDE 3 Journal Club

Prior to the Christmas break, Dr Tom Jelic held another EDE 3 online journal club. Tom, now glad to be back in Winnipeg (even in January??), did a masterful job summarizing several articles from the recent POCUS literature. About a dozen of the EDE 3 instructors and participants were able to attend and share their […]

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Using POCUS for decision-making in CP R/O ACS cases

September 22, 2016 1 Comment
Using POCUS for decision-making in CP R/O ACS cases

Can POCUS help you in the management of chest pain rule-out ACS cases? Let’s have a look at a caseā€¦ A few months ago, a man in his mid-60s presented with a chief complaint of chest pain. Past history included dyslipidemia and a remote lower extremity orthopedic injury. The patient smoked 3/4 ppd. He had […]

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CEUS then & now

September 15, 2016 3 Comments
CEUS then & now

I’m here in Toronto at the CEUS conference with a couple dozen POCUS educators from around the country. They come from all parts of the country, from academic centres, from large and small community hospitals, and from some of Canada’s more remote regions. We are debating all aspects of the certification process, both in the […]

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POCUS History

September 1, 2016 0 Comments
POCUS History

An emergency physician who I know that works somewhere on the planet in an underserviced area, as most places seem to be, was cleaning up his office this summer. He came across this relic of POCUS history that dates back to the late 1990s. It was a dictation that he had saved as evidence of […]

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2016 updated version of Essentials of Point-of-Care Ultrasound e-book on iBooks NOW LIVE!

May 9, 2016 3 Comments
2016 updated version of Essentials of Point-of-Care Ultrasound e-book on iBooks NOW LIVE!

The 2016 updated version of the Essentials of Point-of-Care Ultrasound e-book on iBooks has now gone live. It includes updates to all chapters. The most significant updates are to the Renal, IVC, and Thoracic chapters. The Renal chapter provides a more incisive way to determine the grade of hydronephrosis. The IVC chapter contains the latest […]

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EDE 2 adds Paul O’s edus2 simulator

May 9, 2016 0 Comments
EDE 2 adds Paul O’s edus2 simulator

The focus of EDE 2 (like EDE 1) has always been on image generation and interpretation. We have always mentioned the indications for doing the scan and present at least one clinical scenario for each type of scan, but the cognitive aspect of helping participants remember to do the scan has been relatively neglected. Although […]

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Have you ever wondered about using POCUS for C-Spine fractures?

January 18, 2016 0 Comments
Have you ever wondered about using POCUS for C-Spine fractures?

Yes, that’s right. POCUS for unstable C-spine fractures…in children! Tom J found this article and presented it at the EDE 3 Journal Club. Talk about cutting edge! For sure, this one may or may not make it to prime time in the future. But hey, that’s what EDE 3 is about! Exploring new uses for […]

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Peripheral IV placement with POCUS

January 14, 2016 0 Comments
Peripheral IV placement with POCUS

It seems counter-intuitive, but peripheral IV placement with POCUS is the toughest procedure that we teach at EDE 2. Why? Because the target is so small compared to all of the other targets at which we are aiming our needle with the other procedures.This article by McCarthy et al. enrolled an impressive number of patients! […]

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POCUS for Hip Fractures

January 11, 2016 0 Comments
POCUS for Hip Fractures

Tom presented this article at the EDE 3 Journal club on the topic of POCUS-guided nerve block for hip fractures. The article is courtesy of Brandon Ritcey, Michael Woo, and their team in Ottawa. Here is the link for the full article. Perfect timing for this article given that it is hip fracture season! Here’s […]

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