May 24, 2023
Written by: Trisha Reo, RDMS, RVT
Family Medicine Physicians have much to gain from integrating point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) into their clinical practice. The applications are growing as the use of ultrasound has increased in the emergency and critical care environment. Ultrasound is now being utilized to manage chronic diseases like heart failure, hypertension, AAA and others. It allows the patients who need weekly paracentesis or thoracentesis procedures the availability to go to an outpatient clinic versus utilizing the emergency room and adding to the overwhelming patient crowd. Point of Care Ultrasound is essentially an extension of the physical exam already being performed. It is a focused exam, performed at the bedside and directed to asking a specific question that can be used to diagnose or treat the patient or perform a procedure. It improves patient care, outcomes and satisfaction while decreasing cost and time involved.
In order to effectively use point of care ultrasound, education and training are necessary. Although the didactic information is crucial to the overall success of utilizing ultrasound, the real expertise can only be gained through practice with scanning. Hands-on experience with the transducer on a variety of patients is the only way to improve the skill level of the physician and thereby increase their competence and confidence.
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute offers the education and training necessary to become proficient in point-of-care ultrasound. The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute Blended Point of Care Ultrasound Courses offer 15 months of unlimited access to the online course of the participant's course of choice featuring expert faculty who cover a wide range of niche ultrasound skills and topics within emergency medicine, criical care, ultarsound guided vascular access, trauma and acute care, pre hospital ultasound, as well as POCUS for Family Medicine.
In addition, the hands on scan workshops are located at the Gulfcoast facility in our state-of-the-art scan labs featuring the latest in ultrasound equipment from today's top manufacturers in St. Petersburg, Florida. All Gulfcoast Ultasound Institute Hands-On Scan Workshops feature a 3:1 or less participant to expert instructor ratio on live models for the most realistic and practical hands-on training experience. We invite you to join us for an upcoming Point of Care Ultrasound CME Course. Visit our website or call us at 727-363-4500 for more information and to lock in your spot today.
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