Das SMACC POCUS Summary Part II

“This day's an invitation And it's just for you You've got a reservation For the 17th of June Open your eyes and let the sun break in for a while There may be something That you've never seen inside” Alphaville – Summer in Berlin It may not have been the 17th of June – nor … Continue reading Das SMACC POCUS Summary Part II

POCUS in Simulation

A lot of great things have come out of Sweden - Ikea, Abba, Vikings, Stefan Edberg... Awesome Ultrasound Simulator is the brainchild of Per Östergren who incidentally is also from Sweden. Awesome Ultrasound Simulator allows for real-time ultrasound images of normal scans and pathology to be shown as scenario participants scan a particular area of … Continue reading POCUS in Simulation

Pleural effusion – pearls & pitfalls

Thoracic POCUS allows us to evaluate the dyspnoeic patient by checking for the presence of a pleural effusion   In this clip there is a large volume of (anechoic) fluid above the diaphragm the lung edge is seen moving into the field with each respiration can you also see the small amount of free fluid … Continue reading Pleural effusion – pearls & pitfalls

What are B lines?

Lung US was neglected as a diagnostic modality until it was realised that abnormal lung parenchyma was easily visualised using ultrasound. Point of care thoracic US (POCUS) is extremely useful in the Emergency Department. Can you see the bright torch-like projections beaming from the pleural surface? B lines have distinctive features - hyperechoic vertical ray … Continue reading What are B lines?

Wondering about A lines?

Thoracic US is one of the most useful point of care modalities available in the critical care setting. It is well recognised that bedside US outperforms clinical examination and plain radiography in the evaluation of certain pathologies in the hands of an experienced operator The ultrasound beam is completely reflected by air present in the … Continue reading Wondering about A lines?

POCUS Departmental Survey

A survey recently was conducted about the use of point of care ultrasound and regarding the skill set within the department and future learning.  The following is a breakdown of the respondents. Accreditation: About half the respondents have completed a formal accredited ultrasound course (majority being consultants).   For more information about courses and when … Continue reading POCUS Departmental Survey