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Join us for the newly designed Cleveland Clinic Ultrasound Course: Integrating POCUS into Your Practice, May 8-11, 2024!

Why Attend?

The use of ultrasound to diagnose and guide procedures is growing rapidly and you don’t want to be left behind. This growth is primarily fueled by data indicating that ultrasound can improve the success rate of various procedures while decreasing complications. This course will provide you with current state-of-the-art techniques for diagnosis and guiding procedures. The skills you learn by attending this course can easily be incorporated into your current practice.

Who Should Attend?

This activity is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, fellows, and residents in emergency medicine, internal medicine, hospital medicine, critical care, cardiology, anesthesiology, pulmonology, and radiology.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

Wednesday – Building a Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program

  • Describe the components of successful point-of-care ultrasound programs
  • Summarize process for image acquisition, machine utilization, and IT configuration
  • Describe the importance of a training, quality improvement, and credentialing
  • List components of billing and coding for various ultrasound exams

Thursday – Diagnostic POCUS Day

  • Summarize the basic science and diagnostic use of ultrasound imaging
  • Describe the protocols, evaluation, and best use of echocardiography in critically ill patients
  • Review the role of ultrasound in a focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST) exam to assess for free fluid in the abdomen or around the heart
  • Summarize the basics of using ultrasound to assess lungs
  • Describe the most effective diagnostic use of ultrasound to assess for vascular abnormalities including aortic pathology and deep venous thrombosis
  • Practice the evaluation of shock and respiratory failure with integration of skills utilizing the Rapid Ultrasound for Shock and Hypotension (RUSH) exam in a simulated setting

Friday – Procedural POCUS Day

  • Describe the fundamental principles, indications, and necessary equipment for ultrasound guided peripheral and central venous access  
  • Describe the fundamental principles, indications, and necessary equipment for ultrasound guided paracentesis, thoracentesis, and soft tissue aspiration 
  • Demonstrate competence for patient preparation, positioning, and needle placement for each of the ultrasound guided procedures listed above 
  • Recognize complications and discuss aftercare related to each of the ultrasound guided procedures listed above 

Saturday – Hands-on Simulation Workshops
“RUSH” into your Practice: Assessing Critically Ill Patients in Shock

  • Identify the hemodynamically compromised patient
  • Describe the 3 components of the Rapid Ultrasound for Shock and Hypotension (RUSH) exam: Pump, Tank, Pipes
  • Utilize the Rapid Ultrasound for Shock and Hypotension (RUSH) exam protocol in Simulation cases
  • Explain the ultrasound findings seen in the 4 types of distributive shock

Advanced Assessment of the Rapidly Decompensating Patient

  • Describe how to perform VTI to assess cardiac output
  • Perform challenge of passive leg raise to assess volume responsiveness
  • Describe assessment of the IVC diameter and its interpretation during spontaneous breathing