Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS)

Point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) is the use of ultrasound to assess, treat and trend patients at the bedside. In this manner, the delay in perioperative management is minimized compared to conventional imaging and assessment. PoCUS answers specific questions that narrow differentials, assists in decision-making and trends interventions. Clinical utility of PoCUS includes cardiopulmonary, airway, gastric and a myriad of perioperative uses which is comparable to the functionality of the stethoscope, ECG and chest x-ray combined. MTSA offers the resources and faculty to meet the educational needs of health care providers wanting to improve patient outcomes in health care using PoCUS technology.

 

More information about 2021 PoCUS workshops and registration coming soon!

Workshops: Participants in PoCUS workshops will have the opportunity to use Intelligent Ultrasound’s BodyWorks Eve and HeartWorks simulators.

BodyWorks Eve
HeartWorks

PoCUS Online Educational Courses

Online Courses: Below is more information about pre-approved, Class A AANA CE credit opportunities provided in an online, Independent Study format.

PoCUS Module 1: Transthoracic Echo and the FATE Assessment

The PoCUS CE opportunity: Transthoracic Echo and the FATE Assessment is designed to assist CRNAs in performing and interpreting basic transthoracic echocardiography views as performed for the Focused Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) exam. Additional learning includes common pathologies such as pericardial effusion and hypovolemia.

The Learning Objectives are:

  1. Discuss the basic physics of ultrasound used in the Focused Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) exam
  2. List the four basic cardiac questions answered by the FATE exam
  3. Describe scanning techniques and positions used to acquire ultrasound views for the FATE exam
  4. Identify the six basic transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) views used in the FATE exam

This program is offered in as an online, independent study format.

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 3.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1039367; Expiration Date 6/30/2023.

 

Cost $100.00

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PoCUS Module 2: Utility of FATE and Basic Perioperative TEE

The PoCUS CE opportunity: Utility of FATE and Basic Perioperative TEE is designed to introduce CRNAs to the use of perioperative echocardiography for assessment, monitoring and rescue applications.

The Learning Objectives are:

  1. Describe the utility of Focused Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) exam as a preoperative and rescue ultrasound assessment
  2. Discuss basic perioperative transesophageal echocardiography as an advanced cardiac monitor
  3. Identify eleven ultrasound windows used for advanced hemodynamic monitoring
  4. List five indicators for the use of basic transesophageal echocardiography

 

This program is offered in as an online, independent study format.

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 3.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1039533; Expiration Date 6/30/2023.

 

Cost: $100.00

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PoCUS Module 3: Volume Assessment and Focused Assessed Sonography for Trauma (FAST)

The PoCUS CE opportunity: Volume Assessment and Focused Assessed Sonography for Trauma (FAST) is designed to assist CRNAs in performing and interpreting ultrasound views used to assess for free fluid around the heart and other organs as well as evaluate volume status.

The Learning Objectives are:

  1. List the three indicators for the focused assessed sonography for trauma (FAST) exam
  2. Identify the five views/twelve areas of interest used in the extended focused assessed sonography for trauma (eFAST)
  3. Describe ultrasound probe considerations for the FAST exam
  4. List three limitations of the FAST exam

 

This program is offered in as an online, independent study format.

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 3.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1039566; Expiration Date 6/30/2023.

 

Cost: $100.00

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PoCUS Module 4: Airway, Gastric and Pulmonary Ultrasound Assessment

The PoCUS CE opportunity: Airway, Gastric and Pulmonary Ultrasound Assessment is designed to assist CRNAs in performing and interpreting ultrasound views used for airway evaluation, gastric content assessment and lung pathology detection.

The Learning Objectives are:

  1. List three uses of airway ultrasound
  2. Describe the evaluation of airway structures with ultrasound
  3. Discuss the utility of gastric ultrasound in anesthesia management
  4. Describe gastric volume assessment with ultrasound
  5. List three uses for pulmonary ultrasound
  6. Describe ultrasound findings with pulmonary edema, pneumothorax, consolidation and pleural effusion

 

This program is offered in as an online, independent study format.

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 3.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1039534; Expiration Date 6/30/2023.

 

Cost: $100.00

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Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)

Basic perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) as used by CRNA’s allows continuous monitoring and assessment of cardiopulmonary instability. Advanced perioperative TEE allows more robust assessment of hemodynamics as well as facilitates interventional cardiology and precise valve dimensions and function. This course offers a continuum starting with basic TEE and advancing through its use for interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and perioperative valve assessment. Extensive hands-on skill acquisition is offered along with podium presentations.

High-fidelity simulators will be used to demonstrate 20 standard transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) windows and 20 cardiac pathologies. Workshop content will consist of classroom lectures, hands-on demonstration, TEE window acquisition and individualized instruction. Additionally, qualitative and quantitative Doppler will be used to measure valve area, ejection fraction, valve stenosis and regurgitation, pulmonary artery stenosis and cardiac output.

Advanced and basic Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) training using state-of-the-art Heartworks simulators is provided during these hands-on workshops.

Instructors: John Shields, DNP, CRNA; Russell Gentry, DNAP, CRNA

For more information please contact John Shields at 615-517-6152 or john.shields@mtsa.edu

 

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 10.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1039479; Expiration Date 7/31/2021.

Cost: $450.00

Dates for Upcoming Workshops:

November 15, 2020  Register Now!

January 24, 2021  Register Now!

April 18, 2021  Register Now!