Emergency POCUS: Mastering Trauma Care with Handheld Ultrasound

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Emergency physician and ultrasound educator Dr. Tom Cook joins us to teach POCUS techniques for assessment and management of trauma patients in the emergency setting.

In this 1-hour content-packed webinar Dr. Cook provides an in-depth understanding of the use of ultrasound in the initial evaluation of trauma-specific ultrasound applications and the integration of ultrasound findings into clinical decision-making. You’ll learn:

  • Common pathologies that can be diagnosed with ultrasound
  • How to obtain and interpret ultrasound views that comprise the FAST exam
  • How to identify long bone fractures with ultrasound
  • The value of rapid ultrasound in patients presenting with ocular trauma
  • Pearls and pitfalls for a diagnostic FAST exam
  • How POCUS can enhance decision-making, reduce time to treatment, and improve outcomes

Point-of-care ultrasound has become an integral part of initial diagnoses in the emergency department. The focused and immediate application of ultrasound in trauma settings sets it apart from the more comprehensive and often later-interpreted traditional ultrasound studies, which could have a considerable impact on patient outcomes.

In cases of abdominal trauma, critical structures like the liver, spleen, bowel or pelvis can be the source of free fluid in the abdomen. Using an example of a patient presenting with a gunshot wound, Dr. Cook illustrates the application of the FAST protocol, and guides participants through the process of performing the exam in under five minutes.

The FAST exam protocol includes views of the RUQ, LUQ, subcostal heart view, suprapubic pelvic view, and both hemithoraces. Dr. Cook covers the essential components of each view, demonstrating their normal sonographic appearance and providing contrasting examples of abnormal findings, or “positive” cases providing a clear understanding of what to look for when assessing patients with abdominal trauma.

POCUS has become increasingly valuable in the diagnosis and management of ocular emergencies and is regarded as a critical tool in this context due to its speed, ease of use, and reliability. It provides emergency physicians with a fast and non-invasive method to identify common ocular pathologies like retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage and vitreous detachment. We’ll see some examples of ocular ultrasounds to help you sharpen your ocular scanning skills.

Ultrasound is emerging as a promising substitute for x-rays in identifying fractures in children, uncovering hidden injuries in adults, and swiftly recognizing long bone fractures in trauma settings. Dr. Cook shares an interesting case of a femur fracture diagnosed with ultrasound

This webinar is essential for emergency medicine practitioners looking to enhance their ultrasound skills in trauma assessment and improve patient outcomes – don’t miss it!

Dr. Tom Cook Emergency Physician

Emergency Physician

Dr. Tom Cook

Dr. Cook came to Palmetto Health after leaving the Army Medical Corp in 1996. Born in El Paso, Texas, he was raised in Northern Virginia and received his bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and attended the University of Virginia for Medical School. He trained in emergency medicine residency at Fort Hood, Texas before taking on a rugged three-year tour at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. After leaving the army in 1996 he joined the emergency department staff at Palmetto Health where he initially developed the emergency ultrasound curriculum and then founded the nationally recognized 3rd Rock Ultrasound and the Emergency Ultrasound Course. In 2001 he became program director. He lives with his family on Lake Murray in Lexington.

Oron Frenkel, M.D., M.S. Emergency Physician

Emergency Physician

Oron Frenkel, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Oron Frenkel completed his MS and MD simultaneously at the University of California Joint Medical Program in Berkeley and San Francisco, completing his residency in Emergency Medicine followed by a fellowship in Point-of-Care Ultrasound at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California. He moved to British Columbia with the goal of increasing use of point-of-care ultrasound across the province, especially among rural practitioners. An avid educator, Dr. Frenkel is constantly evaluating the best teaching methods for disseminating this technology, how to measure competency in its practice, and its effects on outcomes for individual patients. Dr. Frenkel serves as Chairman of the Clarius Medical Advisory Board.

Shelley Guenther Sonographer, Clinical Manager

Sonographer, Clinical Manager

Shelley Guenther

Shelley Guenther worked as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist for 2 years before entering into the ultrasound program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. After graduating with specialties in general ultrasound as well as echocardiography, she worked as a clinical expert in the commercial world of ultrasound for over 25 years. As Clinical Marketing Manager at Clarius, Shelley Guenther is dedicated to providing the highest quality educational content for clinicians looking to add wireless ultrasound to their practice, including practical webinars and Clarius Classroom video tutorials.