Accredited Section 3 SAP
Accreditation Period: 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2022
This module introduces the concept of a point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) examination for perioperative clinicians. A focused cardiac examination of ventricular filling and function is presented. An examination of the inferior vena cava is also reviewed as a tool to assess volume status. Finally, a brief examination of the lung and pleura is explored to aid the clinician in situations of patient hypoxia and difficult ventilation. Limited ultrasound cardiorespiratory examinations can be performed by non-cardiologists and non-radiologists. Information drawn from POCUS may aid in diagnosis and early rescue in perioperative care.
Point-of-care ultrasound is likely to become standard of care for anesthesiologists in the same way that stethoscopy is presently.
Objectives of the Continuing Professional Development module:
After reading this module, the reader should be able to:
- Describe a range of point-of-care ultrasound applications relevant to perioperative emergencies.
- Describe how to perform a focused cardiac ultrasound to answer binary questions regarding cardiac filling and function.
- Describe how to perform a focused ultrasound examination of the inferior vena cava and its relevance in assessing a patient in shock.
- Describe how to perform a limited ultrasound examination of the lungs and pleura to aid in the assessment of respiratory failure.
If you are not logged in, the button will redirect you to a log in/register page. Once logged in you will be redirected back to the home page of the website. Please return to this page to enroll in the course.
Si vous n’avez pas ouvert de session, le bouton vous redirigera vers une page de connexion ou d’inscription. Une fois que vous aurez ouvert une session, vous serez redirigé vers la page d’accueil du site Web. Veuillez revenir à cette page pour vous inscrire au cours.