This intense, comprehensive one-day course focuses on the use of ultrasound in critical care settings. Attendees will explore four topics relating to ultrasound as a diagnostic tool in both the emergency room and critical care units. Hands on workshops will include the use of live models as well as ultrasound phantoms for peripheral vascular and central line access.The course covers the following topics in detail:
1. Ultrasound protocol for imaging and identification of the central veins before, during and after central venous access
2. The FAST protocol with normal and abnormal findings
3. Ultrasound identification of lung and pleural space abnormalities with protocols for ultrasound guided chest tube insertion
4. Ultrasound guided peripheral vascular access for intravenous (IV) cannulation.