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Emergency Medicine / Point of Care Ultrasound – Advanced Health Education Center (AHEC)

August 14, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM


Diagnostic ultrasound has now evolved to become the most cost effective and efficient procedure in the arsenal of diagnostic imaging procedures. With the rising costs of health care, it is a matter of necessity to utilize cost effective, rapid and accurate ways to diagnose and treat patients at the “point of care”. This course will address emerging applications of emergency medicine ultrasound and will benefit those practitioners with prior experience in ultrasound.

The power and size of the new portable ultrasound equipment has expanded the application of bedside ultrasound from advanced cardiac evaluation and pulmonary applications, to ultrasound guided treatments and interventions. Emphasis will be placed on acquisitions of the knowledge and scanning skills needed for vascular access techniques, evaluation of DVT’s and integration of  point-of-care echocardiography into symptom based evaluation of the patient.

Course Topics

  • Fundamentals of ultrasound physics and knobology
  • DVT’s – venous orientation & pathology
  • Ultrasound guided venous access techniques
  • Cardiac evaluation for ventricular enlargement, pericardial effusion and tamponade
  • Evaluation for pulmonary pressure
  • Pearls and pitfalls
  • Hands-on scanning


At the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify and display appropriate normal anatomy and orientation in the ultrasound field of view for selected topics to include abdominal and chest cavities, the heart, nerves, and peripheral veins.
  • Successfully complete emergency medicine ultrasound examinations following correct patient preparation and procedure protocols to include simulated line placements and ultrasound guided needle placements.
  • Understand variations in scanning protocols for demonstration of abnormalities and pathologies in emergency medicine exams to include abdominal and chest cavities, the heart, and peripheral veins.
  • Be able to identify sources and research reference materials for additional information in critical care ultrasound.
  • Explain the importance of self-credentialing in critical care ultrasound, and discuss the importance of record keeping, peer review and quality assurance.

Target Audience

Physicians who desire entry level training with vascular ultrasound, and sonographers or other health care professionals learning vascular ultrasound or cross training.


Advanced Health Education Center (AHEC)
+1 800.239.1361


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Advanced Health Education Center
8502 Tybor Drive
Houston, TX 77074 United States
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