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Uché Blackstock, Jaclyn Munson, Demian Szyld
BACKGROUND: Medical students on clinical rotations rarely receive formal bedside ultrasound (BUS) training. We designed, implemented, and evaluated a standardized BUS curriculum for medical students on their Emergency Medicine (EM) rotation. Teaching was aimed toward influencing four cognitive and psychomotor learning domains: BUS instrumentation knowledge, image interpretation, image acquisition, and procedural guidance. METHODS: Participants viewed three instructional Web-based tutorials on BUS instrumentation, the Focused Assessment for Sonography in Trauma (FAST) examination and ultrasound-guided central venous catheter (CVC) placement...
March 2015: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Simeon J West, Jean-Martial Mari, Azalea Khan, Jordan H Y Wan, Wenjie Zhu, Ioannis G Koutsakos, Matthew Rowe, Damon Kamming, Adrien E Desjardins
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This report describes a method for producing anatomically detailed, low-cost ultrasound phantoms of the spine with 3-dimensional printing. An implementation that involves representing a portion of the lumbar spine and the ligamentum flavum with 2 different printing materials and the surrounding soft tissues with agar gel is presented. METHODS: A computed tomography image volume of a patient with normal spinal anatomy was segmented to isolate the spine...
September 2014: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Garrett Newton Andersen, Annja Viset, Ole Christian Mjølstad, Oyvind Salvesen, Håvard Dalen, Bjørn Olav Haugen
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound performed by clinicians is a useful supplement in the treatment and assessment of patients. We aimed to investigate whether medical students with minimal training were able to successfully acquire and interpret ultrasound images using a pocket-size imaging device (PSID) as a supplement to their clinical practice. METHODS: Thirty 5th year (of six) medical students volunteered to participate. They were each given a personal PSID device to use as a supplement to their physical examination during their allocated hospital terms...
July 28, 2014: BMC Medical Education
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August 2014: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Zoe D Howard, Vicki E Noble, Keith A Marill, Dana Sajed, Marcio Rodrigues, Bianca Bertuzzi, Andrew S Liteplo
BACKGROUND: Bedside ultrasound (US) is associated with improved patient satisfaction, perhaps as a consequence of improved time to diagnosis and decreased length of stay (LOS). OBJECTIVES: Our study aimed to quantify the association between beside US and patient satisfaction and to assess patient attitudes toward US and perception of their interaction with the clinician performing the examination. METHODS: We enrolled a convenience sample of adult patients who received a bedside US...
January 2014: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Justin S Ahn, Andrew J French, Molly E W Thiessen, John L Kendall
BACKGROUND: The integration of bedside ultrasound into medical school curricula is limited by the availability of skilled faculty instructors. Peer mentors have been utilized successfully to teach clinical and procedural skills and may serve as a valuable resource for potential ultrasound instructors. We describe a method to train senior medical students as peer instructors for a combined ultrasound/physical exam curriculum and assessed junior medical students' perceptions of peer instruction relative to faculty...
2014: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
Mitchell Lee, J Mark Roberts, Luke Chen, Silvia Chang, Rose Hatala, Kevin W Eva, Graydon S Meneilly
OBJECTIVES: Physical examination can identify palpable splenomegaly easily, but evaluating lesser degrees of splenomegaly is problematic. Hand-carried ultrasound allows rapid bedside assessment of patients. We conducted this study to determine whether hand-carried ultrasound can reliably assess spleen size. METHODS: Patients with varying degrees of splenomegaly were studied. Two sonographers blindly measured spleen size in each patient using either a hand-carried or conventional ultrasound device in random order...
July 2014: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Cidney S Hulett, Vikas Pathak, Jason N Katz, Sean P Montgomery, Lydia H Chang
BACKGROUND: The focused ultrasound examination has become increasingly recognized as a safe and valuable diagnostic tool for the bedside assessment of the critically ill patient. We implemented a dedicated on-site critical care ultrasonography curriculum with the goal of developing a model for teaching ultrasound skills to pulmonary and critical care medicine fellows. METHODS: The program was comprised of blended didactic and bedside sessions in the following topic domains: fundamentals; vascular access and diagnosis; and abdominal, thoracic, and cardiac ultrasonography...
June 2014: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Antonio Pinto, Fabio Pinto, Angela Faggian, Giuseppe Rubini, Ferdinando Caranci, Luca Macarini, Eugenio Annibale Genovese, Luca Brunese
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the common sources of diagnostic errors in emergency ultrasonography. METHODS: The authors performed a Medline search using PubMed (National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland) for original research and review publications examining the common sources of errors in diagnosis with specific reference to emergency ultrasonography. The search design utilized different association of the following terms : (1) emergency ultrasonography, (2) error, (3) malpractice and (4) medical negligence...
July 15, 2013: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Felix Wong, Zeno Franco, Mary Beth Phelan, Cesar Lam, Alan David
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A hand-carried ultrasound training session was organized as an initial step in developing a long-term ultrasound education program for family medicine residents and faculty. Comparative effectiveness studies examining the potential benefits, risks, and any possible cost savings associated with this technology will be predicated on having a sufficient number of primary care physicians trained and able to use hand-carried ultrasounds as part of routine care. The proposed training described here is a first step toward this broader conversation and empirical study of hand-carried ultrasound use in family medicine...
December 2013: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
David P Bahner, Eric J Adkins, Daralee Hughes, Michael Barrie, Creagh T Boulger, Nelson A Royall
BACKGROUND: Physician-performed focused ultrasonography is a rapidly growing field with numerous clinical applications. Focused ultrasound is a clinically useful tool with relevant applications across most specialties. Ultrasound technology has outpaced the education, necessitating an early introduction to the technology within the medical education system. There are many challenges to integrating ultrasound into medical education including identifying appropriately trained faculty, access to adequate resources, and appropriate integration into existing medical education curricula...
2013: Critical Ultrasound Journal
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