FAQ

  • How long does it take to complete the Portable Ultrasound Master Class?

    The Portable Ultrasound Master Class takes 24 hours to complete.

  • What desktop platforms are supported?

    Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

  • What mobile platforms are supported?

    iOS Safari: 11 and up, Chrome, and Samsung Internet.

  • What are the technical specifications required to run the online courses?

    The most recent version of a web browser listed above, Javascript enabled, PDF plugin (such as Adobe), graphic and audio output capability, and broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 5Mbps (recommended).

  • What are the requirements to complete a course?

    Each quiz and the final test require a passing grade of 80%. There is also a pre-course and post-course survey to help assess for growth in learning.

  • Who do I contact if I am needing support or help?

    Our site has a help area or you can contact us contactus@practicalpocus.com directly for help.

  • Who helped plan and develop the courses?

    Chip Lange and Yomi Olusanya planned and developed the courses.

  • Are there any disclosures?

    None of the faculty or administration personnel have any relevant financial disclosures.

  • Is there any commercial support for the courses?

    This course is not commercially supported.

Key Learning Objectives for the Portable Ultrasound Master Class

  • Ultrasound Basics

    Recognize how point of care ultrasound (POCUS) can be used in clinical settings, the basics of how to operate the device, review core concepts such as physics, and address common administrative topics.

  • Vascular Exams and Procedures

    Review the various vascular exams such as evaluating the aorta and IVC, identify pathology including DVTs and aortic aneurysms/dissections, as well as how to perform vascular access using POCUS.

  • Cardiac Exams

    Review the four main cardiac windows (parasternal long axis, parasternal short axis, apical, and subxiphoid) and how to apply them to various clinical scenarios.

  • Lung Exams

    Evaluate the lungs using POCUS and use the images obtained to assist in diagnosing a variety of clinical conditions.

  • Critical Care Exams

    Review both the eFAST and RUSH exams that are used in critically ill and injured patients in different clinical situations as well as identify how POCUS can be used in airway management.

  • Ocular Exams

    Diagnose a variety of pathologies using POCUS such as retained foreign body, lens dislocation, vitreous hemorrhage, retinal detachment, and retrobulbar hematoma.

  • Abdominal, Retroperitoneal, and Pelvic Exams

    Identify the various roles for POCUS to assess the genitourinary tract (including kidneys and bladder), obstetrics (primarily the first trimester), gallbladder, appendix, small bowel, and pylorus.

  • MSK and Soft Tissue Exams

    Evaluate the various roles of POCUS to access musculoskeletal (MSK) structures, the skin, and soft tissues.

  • Needle Guidance Procedures

    Assess the various roles that needle guidance improves with POCUS such as with vascular access, arthrocentesis, and nerve blocks.