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Bootcamp EDE: Drop and give me 200

March 16, 2014 6 Comments
Bootcamp EDE: Drop and give me 200

The biggest obstacle to beginners embracing POCUS is the initial effort required to master basic skills. Most learners complete an introductory course that takes a day or two. This is followed by supervised scanning sessions and examinations to meet the required numbers and proficiency to be “certified” to apply the skill independently. This can require […]

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3rd Annual EDE 3 Course Announcement!

March 8, 2014 2 Comments
3rd Annual EDE 3 Course Announcement!

I am happy to announce the third annual EDE 3 course! There has been a lot of demand for a Canadian location for the course so it’s going to be a ski vacation this time around. It will be held at the Delta Sun Peaks resort in Sun Peaks British Columbia Feb 2-3 2015. Sun […]

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#POCUS for Trauma in pregnancy

February 26, 2014 0 Comments
#POCUS for Trauma in pregnancy

Anton Helman (@EMCases) put up a question on Twitter regarding pregnant trauma patients and whether or not one can see a tiny amount of free fluid later in pregnancy that is physiologic. Or should one assume that it is blood. The answer is the latter. There is actually a Best BETS on using FAST in […]

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How clean is your probe?

February 25, 2014 0 Comments
How clean is your probe?

Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Hospital-Wide Survey of Bacterial Contamination of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Probes and Coupling Gel I find the results of this article surprising but welcome.  If your shop is anything like mine, it isn’t unheard of to see a probe covered in partly dried gel or even some blood in the resuscitation room.  There […]

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POCUS in Renal Failure

February 24, 2014 1 Comment
POCUS in Renal Failure

Ray and I have been teaching bedside ultrasound to the medical students at NOSM for the last couple of years. I taught them Renal/Bladder EDE last month. Kudos to Andrew Skinner from St. Paul’s in Vancouver for creating the powerpoint. I added measurement of the kidney in the long axis to the Renal part of […]

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Lung pulse

February 17, 2014 0 Comments
Lung pulse

Anton Helman (@EM_Cases) from EM Cases sent a tweet asking about the lung pulse and if we use and recommend it. We do. It’s mentioned at the end of the Thoracic chapter by Ben Ho. Jordan Chenkin (@POCUS_Toronto) presented Airway EDE at EDE 3 last month and spoke of the lung pulse. We will include […]

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EDE 2/3 Calgary: -35 degree scanning

February 16, 2014 0 Comments
EDE 2/3 Calgary: -35 degree scanning

 The 41st EDE 2 course is officially complete!  We had a fantastic group of enthusiastic physicians attend despite the arctic temperatures.  Sure there were cars that wouldn’t start and the ultrasound models’ goosebumps made it harder to scan them, but we are Canadian and we laugh at the cold!  Particularly when it isn’t us getting […]

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Think about the children! Ruling in appendicitis

February 1, 2014 0 Comments
Think about the children!  Ruling in appendicitis

  A few days ago I was shocked and surprised to have an 8 year old male taken to the O.R. by our surgeon with only a clinical exam and my bedside scan.  The child was seen in the late evening when access to U/S and CT is very limited at our shop. While the […]

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Beware of the carpet

January 12, 2014 0 Comments
Beware of the carpet

Identifying tendon ruptures is usually straightforward clinically but there are many cases where POCUS can help greatly.  For the acutely swollen and tender knee, it is often difficult to do a thorough exam and the patient is often left non-weight bearing and gets reassessed several days or weeks later.  However, POCUS can help identify significant […]

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EDE 3 Leading Edge POCUS Conference

January 9, 2014 0 Comments
EDE 3 Leading Edge POCUS Conference

The second annual EDE 3 conference has just wrapped up in Turks and Caicos.  Despite the horrible Canadian weather making it miserable to travel, 30 brave families succeeded in attending the sold-out course. Topics included: confirmation of ETT placement, US-guided cricothyrotomy, US assessment of appendicitis, diverticulitis, bowel obstruction Testicular US Shoulder assessment Thorax (pneumonia, pulmonary […]

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