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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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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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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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Appendicitis: It isn’t all about the size

March 23, 2016 1 Comment
Appendicitis:  It isn’t all about the size

  During a recent EDE 3 course, I was asked about the cutoff size for appendicitis in children.  I informed the learner that 6mm was the number I was taught to use for all ages.  And this is certainly one of the most accurate measurements to use. But this really doesn’t make sense in very young patients […]

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Scan a hernia

February 25, 2016 0 Comments
Scan a hernia

Dr.Lloyd Gordon discusses two cases of umbilical lumps that were easily sorted out with POCUS:   This patient had a history of a umbilical hernia which had become larger and painful for a few hours. The patient’s habitus made a manual exam difficult. POCUS showed that there was some small bowel at the tender area […]

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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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