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Why you should care about billing for your scans

November 30, 2016 2 Comments
Why you should care about billing for your scans

An uncomfortable subject for physicians but billing for our services is not just about compensation it is also recognition of the training, expertise, and time involved in providing a service.  But most importantly, compensation for POCUS is necessary for its long term viability. The initial battle was all about fighting for our right to perform bedside […]

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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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CEUS Educator’s Conference

September 5, 2016 0 Comments
CEUS Educator’s Conference

  The Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society is holding and educator’s conference Thursday September 15 and Friday Sept 16 in Toronto.  Registration is now full! One of the first orders of business is that CEUS will be changing it’s name to CPoCUS to reflect the growing number of non-emergency medicine specialties now involved in the organization. […]

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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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Stop missing biliary colic

August 25, 2016 0 Comments
Stop missing biliary colic

Editor’s note: We’ve talked about the gallbladder before.  And we will be talking about it again because the message needs to get out there.  I will go out on a limb and state that it is still common for patients to present with epigastric pain that was previously diagnosed by the primary care physician or one […]

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Misuse and over-diagnosis in POCUS

May 20, 2016 8 Comments
Misuse and over-diagnosis in POCUS

As Steve Socransky recently observed, talking about errors in POCUS is a sign of the growing maturity in the field.  In its infancy, we wanted to promote the success stories, the wins, the need to do it right with rigorous training and standards. There were numerous logistical and political obstacles to overcome so this positive […]

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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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EDE Bootcamp Success

April 13, 2016 0 Comments
EDE Bootcamp Success

Over the past weekend we held a bootcamp that provided participants with the EDE course followed by supervised scans and exams to obtain CEUS IP certification in core skills.  I have been asked numerous times what our bootcamps are all about for POCUS training.  Over the past few years we have perfected a system that […]

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Ultrasound horror stories

February 12, 2016 1 Comment
Ultrasound horror stories

I am looking for tales of patient care gone wrong with POCUS.  Please send me your cases, (or cases you “heard happened to someone else”) where the use of ultrasound at the bedside led to less than ideal outcomes. POCUS is just like any other tool in medicine:  it has its limitations, it can generate […]

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EDE 3 is almost here!

January 14, 2016 0 Comments
EDE 3 is almost here!

EDE 3 is almost here!  Two days of leading edge point-of-care ultrasound goodness and fine powder skiing in beautiful Sun Peaks B.C.  We have assembled over 15 gurus to introduce eager clinicians to the latest and greatest applications. How is this for an itinerary? RV and wall motion assessment Valvulopathy Transcranial Testicular Appendix, bowel obstruction […]

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