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Seven Days of EDE

April 24, 2017 0 Comments
Seven Days of EDE

Thanks to the dedication of multiple instructors across the country, we are now able to hold more EDE 2 Courses than ever before. For the next seven weekdays, we are holding EDE 2 events from BC to Québec. Tomorrow and Wednesday we are holding EDE 2 in Kamloops, BC. EDE 2 team members are Andrew […]

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The Elephant in the Room of #POCUS-guided (and other) Procedures

January 27, 2017 0 Comments
The Elephant in the Room of #POCUS-guided (and other) Procedures

Can I tell you a secret? I did 5 years of residency, 2 years of family medicine in Canada (Quebec City) and 3 years of EM in the United States (Milwaukee). Both programs were really good and I got to do a variety of procedures and many of them. But even with all that training, […]

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TED Talk on #POCUS by Dr Chris Fox

January 10, 2017 0 Comments
TED Talk on #POCUS by Dr Chris Fox

We came across this presentation in the Twitter sphere. We retweeted it, but the talk is so good, we thought that a link should be posted on the blog. It is a TED talk on POCUS from Dr Chris Fox from UC Irvine destined for a lay audience. If you are ever doing some advocacy […]

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Walking through a fluid challenge case

December 14, 2016 0 Comments
Walking through a fluid challenge case

Today we are going to give you a walk through of a case from a front line physician and his thought process in figuring out how much fluid to give a patient using POCUS.  There are many ways to estimate fluid responsiveness/tolerance, some still hotly debated, but I think it’s worthwhile to show what some […]

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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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