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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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Do your consultants believe your scans?

November 8, 2015 4 Comments
Do your consultants believe your scans?

I would like a show of hands, or emoji hands, as to how many of you have consultants who will act on your findings without further imaging. There is a learning curve and a trust that has to evolve in most consultative processes.  You get enough calls correct and the trust hopefully begins to grow. […]

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Dipping sauce

November 3, 2015 0 Comments
Dipping sauce

EDE 3 is coming up this weekend at Sunnybrook. Ben, Greg, and the gang will be teaching a bunch of new nerve blocks. When doing these and other sterile ultrasound-guided procedures, the setup is key. To use a term from Dr. Scott Weingart (@emcrit), many microskills come up…right down to the ultrasound gel. Instead of […]

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Do you use M-mode much?

September 10, 2015 2 Comments
Do you use M-mode much?

  There are two types of EM POCUS users, those that use M-mode all the time and those that rarely use it. As a POCUS educator I teach M-mode for various applications but admit that I apply it sparingly, often using the “eye-ball” technique for cardiac and pulmonary scans.  When it comes to impact on […]

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POCUS at CAEP 2015

May 30, 2015 0 Comments
POCUS at CAEP 2015

Yours truly will be at ÉDU 2 CHUM in Montréal on June 1-2, so I’ll be missing out on the POCUS fun at CAEP. For those of you who will be there, here’s a summary of everything POCUS: 3 consecutive meetings on Monday, June 1, all in salon 6 Ultrasound practice committee, Ryan Henneberry, 930-1030 […]

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POCUS for that? Really?

May 10, 2015 0 Comments
POCUS for that? Really?

When we first developed The EDE 2 Course and as we continue to develop new topics at the POCUS laboratory that is EDE 3, participants don’t see it but we go through our own phase of doubt that POCUS could possibly be useful for one indication or another. We ask ourselves “Really? For that?!?” One […]

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What’s the diagnosis and what’s the gold standard for POCUS??

March 2, 2015 4 Comments
What’s the diagnosis and what’s the gold standard for POCUS??

A man in his late 50s presented to an ED a while back during the summers months with a 3 day H/O multiple complaints including rhinorhea, sore throat, dry cough, vomiting, loose stool, right frontal headaches, dyspnea, dysuria, and dark urine. So, a mixed picture. Fever of 100.9 was measured at home. No contacts or […]

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Belly button mystery

February 22, 2015 1 Comment
Belly button mystery

Here’s a really nice case from Dr. Michael Garner. A healthy 17 yo male presents with a 1st episode of peri-umbilical progressive pain for the past 3 days.  No nausea or vomiting; Normal stool; Unconfirmed fever.  Slight discharge from umbilicus for last 24 hours. Referred by clinic to R/O incarcerated hernia. Examination of the abdomen […]

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EDE 3: Scanning, skiing and success!

February 5, 2015 1 Comment
EDE 3: Scanning, skiing and success!

The third annual EDE 3 course was a huge success.  Forty adventurous individuals travelled to Sun Peaks, British Colombia Feb 2-3 to attend the largest EDE course ever. Located at the beautiful Sun Peaks Grand Hotel we had 16 ultrasound machines, 15 instructors, over 30 ultrasound models, and plenty of fresh powder. Amazing presentations were given […]

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Ruptured Achilles Tendon

September 15, 2014 0 Comments
Ruptured Achilles Tendon

Imaging the Achilles tendon is technically easy and a nice way to rapidly confirm your diagnosis of tear.  Always compare to the unaffected side.  Beware anisotropy which can make sections of any tendonous structure look black and torn.  If the ultrasound beam is interrogating a section of tendon away from 90 degrees it can look […]

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