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Stanford University School of Medicine
The Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine
This course is designed to meet the educational needs of a international audience of physicians, physician assistance and nurse practitioners who specialize in family practice, primary care, general surgery, internal medicine, critical care and emergency medicine.
The American Medical Association has recognized the utility of ultrasound; it recommends training and education standards that are developed by each physician’s respective specialty. It has been proven that bedside ultrasound allows the treating physician to more quickly determine the cause of urgent conditions and life-threatening illness and help in guiding resuscitative efforts for patients in shock. If invasive procedures must be performed, they can be done under ultrasound guidance (instead of using blind landmark techniques), decreasing the risk of complications. This has been recommended by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as a key intervention. Emergency Medicine was an early adopter of bedside focused ultrasound due to the need for rapid evaluation of critically ill patients and patients in acute pain. Now, other specialty organizations, including critical care, surgery, internal medicine, ob-gyn, and pediatrics are starting to include ultrasound during residency training. However, many currently practicing physicians were trained before ultrasound training was available or realized its utility in their practice. This course will provide strategies on how to use bedside focused ultrasound, image interpretation, and integrate it in the clinical practice.
-abdominal aortic aneurysm,
-ruptured ectopic pregnancy,
-acute heart strain/failure
-increased intracranial pressure
and associated symptoms such as:
- abdominal pain,
-shortness of breath,
- altered mental status and
- central lines placement,
-foreign body removal