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Practical Pocus

Alexandr Babayeuski

Great POCUS course. I did another US course 1 year ago and already had some knowledge and skills. This course literally took me to the next level of US use a...

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Great POCUS course. I did another US course 1 year ago and already had some knowledge and skills. This course literally took me to the next level of US use and practice but even person without any US experience will benefit immensely. Chip Lange's personality and great teaching skills make it very easy and engaging. This course is completely 100% online and I did it from home at my own pace on my days off. Will recommend this to everyone who is interested in US education. Alex B

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POCUS Master Class

George Pantely

Well organized course that covers the major aspects of POCUS. How to do each part of an exam is explained with examples of important pathologic findings. P...

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Well organized course that covers the major aspects of POCUS. How to do each part of an exam is explained with examples of important pathologic findings. Pertinent articles and suggested readings provided with each section. Very useful section on pulmonary findings in Covid-19. Helpful information on how to prepare inexpensive phantoms to practice vascular access.

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Excellent engaging course

James Hicks

I work in an urgent care so the urgent/emergent focus was completely appropriate for my needs. The class is the first one I am aware of that addresses the pr...

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I work in an urgent care so the urgent/emergent focus was completely appropriate for my needs. The class is the first one I am aware of that addresses the pros and cons of handheld ultrasound devices, including their limitations. Chip is a great instructor. Very clear and concise and the classes contain a number of images of normal and pathologic conditions.

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Excellent course.

Michael Hambrick

Highly recommend this course for someone who has just purchased a Butterfly and is starting out on their ultrasound journey.

Highly recommend this course for someone who has just purchased a Butterfly and is starting out on their ultrasound journey.

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Sheik Allybocus

Thank you for the time and energy you have put in to construct this course. It is really appreciated.

Thank you for the time and energy you have put in to construct this course. It is really appreciated.

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Course!

    • Message from Your Instructors

    • Earning Your CMEs

    • Disclosure on Commercial Materials/Photos

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Ultrasound Basics

    • Review of Commonly Used POCUS Devicess

    • Lecture on Ultrasound Device Basics

    • Lecture on Echogenicity and Gain

    • Lecture on Transducer Movements

    • Demonstration of Transducer Movements

    • Demonstration of Short and Long Axis Views

    • Demonstration of Transverse, Sagittal, and Coronal Views

    • Lecture on Basics of Doppler

    • Lecture on Ultrasound Artifacts

    • Ultrasound Basics Quiz

  • 3

    Vascular Basics and DVT

    • Introduction to the Vascular Portion

    • Lecture on Differentiating Arteries from Veins

    • Demonstration of Differentiating Arteries from Veins

    • Lecture on the Aorta Exam

    • Demonstration of the Aorta Exam

    • Demonstration of the Suprasternal Notch View

    • Lecture on the Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Exam

    • Demonstration of the IVC Exam in the RUQ

    • Lecture on the Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Exam

    • Demonstration of the Femoral Region DVT Exam

    • Demonstration of the Popliteal Portion of the DVT Exam

    • Demonstration of the DVT Exam with Color Doppler and Augmentation

    • Demonstration of the Popliteal Portion DVT Exam on Second Device

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Vascular Basics and DVT Quiz

  • 4

    Vascular Access

    • Lecture on Vascular Access

    • Demonstration of Creating Phantoms with Tofu

    • Demonstration of Peripheral Vascular Access Technique on Tofu

    • Demonstration of Utilizing Needle Guidance Features

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Vascular Access Quiz

    • Completion of Vascular Basics, DVT, and Vascular Access

  • 5

    Cardiac Exams

    • Introduction to the Cardiac Exams

    • Lecture on the Apical Views

    • Demonstration of the Apical Views

    • Demonstration of the Apical 5 Chamber View

    • Lecture on the Parasternal Long Axis View

    • Demonstration of the Parasternal Long Axis View

    • Lecture on the Parasternal Short Axis Views

    • Demonstration of the Parasternal Short Axis Views

    • Demonstration of Evaluating Valves and Right Ventricular Outflow Tract

    • Demonstration of Evaluating for Right Ventricular Strain

    • Demonstration of Walking Through Parasternal and Apical Views

    • Lecture on the Subxiphoid View and Pericardial Effusions

    • Demonstration of the Subxiphoid View

    • Demonstration of the Subxiphoid View with Second Device

    • Lecture on Ultrasound in Cardiac Arrest

    • Demonstration of Cardiac Exam During Cardiac Arrest

    • CME from TOTAL EM Podcasts

    • Podcast #183 - Regional Wall Motion Abnormalities in Myocardial Infarctions

    • Podcast #186 - Does Cardiac Ultrasound Help Rule Out Acute Aortic Syndromes?

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Cardiac Quiz

    • Completion of Cardiac Exams

  • 6

    Lung Exams

    • Introduction to the Lung Exam

    • Lecture on Lung Sliding

    • Demonstration of Lung Sliding Exam

    • Podcast #95 - Lung Ultrasound for Pneumothorax with Fritz Fuller

    • Demonstration of Using M-Mode to Assess Lung Sliding

    • Demonstration of Power and Color Doppler for Detection of Lung Sliding

    • Lecture on the BLUE Protocol

    • Demonstration of the Anterior and Lateral Lung Exams

    • Demonstration of the Posterior Lung Exam

    • Demonstration of PLAPS Point Exam for Pleural Effusions

    • Demonstration of the Pediatric Lung Exam and Lung Pulse

    • A Primer to Lung Findings in COVID-19

    • COVID-19 Case Studies

    • Disinfecting the Probe and Other Questions Answered with Dr. Chen

    • Podcast #35 - POCUS and Undifferentiated Dyspnea with Patrick and Frank

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Lung Quiz

    • Completion of Lung Exams

  • 7

    The eFAST Exam

    • Introduction to the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the Lung Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the Cardiac Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the RUQ Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the LUQ Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the Suprapubic Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Demonstration of the eFAST Exam

    • Demonstration of a Quick Walkthrough of the eFAST Exam

    • Podcast #79 - Quick Tips to Improve the eFAST Exam

    • Podcast #157 - EB Medicine: POCUS Pearls in Pediatric Trauma

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • The eFAST Exam Quiz

  • 8

    Fluid Assessment

    • Introduction to Fluid Assessment

    • Lecture on the Fluid Assessment Exam

    • Demonstration of the Fluid Assessment Exam

    • Demonstration of a Quick Walkthrough of the Fluid Assessment Exam

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Fluid Assessment Quiz

    • Completion of Fluid Assessment

  • 9

    Genitourinary and Obstetrics

    • Introduction to Genitourinary (GU) and Obstetrics

    • Lecture on the Bladder Exam

    • Demonstration of the Bladder Exam

    • Demonstration of Bladder Volume Measurement

    • Podcast #117 - Check the Bladder Before the Radiology Performed Ultrasound

    • Lecture on the Renal Exam

    • Demonstration of the Renal Exam

    • Podcast #115 - To POCUS or Not to POCUS Renal Colic and Flank Pain

    • Lecture on the Early Pregnancy Exam

    • Demonstration of Sagittal View of Female Pelvic Structures

    • Demonstration of Assessing for Fetal Heart Rate

    • Podcast #82 - Can Ultrasound Replace Pelvic Exams in Vaginal Bleeding?

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • GU and OB Quiz

    • Completion of Genitourinary (GU) and Obstetrics

  • 10

    The RUSH Exam

    • Introduction to the RUSH Exam

    • Lecture on the "Pump" Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Lecture on the "Tank" Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Lecture on the "Pipes" Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Podcast #144 - Should Your RUSH to the Ultrasound in Hypotension?

    • Lecture on Pulmonary Embolism

    • Demonstration of the FAST Exam Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Demonstration of the Lung Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Demonstration of the RUSH Exam

    • Another Demonstration of the RUSH Exam But Without Aorta and IVC

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • The RUSH Exam Quiz

  • 11

    Ocular

    • Introduction to the Ocular Exam

    • Lecture on Ocular Overview

    • Lecture on Anterior Eye Pathology

    • Lecture on Mid Eye Pathology

    • Lecture on Posterior Eye Pathology

    • Podcast #168 - POCUS as a Window to the Eyes and Happy PA Week

    • Demonstration of the Ocular Exam

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Ocular Quiz

    • Completion of the Ocular Exam

  • 12

    Gallbladder

    • Introduction to the Gallbladder Exam

    • Lecture on Transducer Placement for Biliary Exams

    • Demonstration of Transducer Placement for Gallbladder Views

    • Demonstration of Intercostal (X-7) Technique for the Gallbladder Exam

    • Demonstration of Left Lateral Decubitus Position to Improve Gallbladder View

    • Demonstration of Lateral RUQ Technique for Gallbladder Exam

    • Lecture on Biliary Measurements

    • Demonstration of Anterior Gallbladder Wall Measurement

    • Demonstration of Locating the Common Bile Duct

    • Demonstration of Identifying and Measuring the Common Bile Duct

    • Podcast #177 - Is the Common Bile Duct Important to Visualize on POCUS?

    • Lecture on Common Biliary Pathology

    • Demonstration of Edge Artifact and Gallbladder Polyp

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Gallbladder Quiz

    • Completion of the Gallbladder Exam

  • 13

    Airway Assessment

    • Introduction to Airway Assessment

    • Lecture on POCUS for Intubation

    • Podcast #118 - Confirming Intubation with Ultrasound

    • Demonstration of Both Airway Exams

    • Demonstration of Identifying the Esophagus for Intubation

    • Lecture on the Front of Neck Airway (FONA) Exam

    • Demonstration of Identifying the Cricothyroid Membrane

    • Lecture on Assessing for Aspiration Risk

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Airway Quiz

    • Completion of Airway Assessment

  • 14

    Musculoskeletal (MSK), Skin, and Soft Tissue Exams

    • Introduction of the MSK, Skin, and Soft Tissue Exams

    • Lecture on Skin and Soft Tissue Pathology

    • Podcast #119 - POCUS Improves Abscess Management

    • Demonstration of the Thyroid Exam

    • Demonstration of Thyroid Exam with Larger Device

    • Lecture on Muscles and Tendons

    • Podcast #152 - POCUS for Flexor Tenosynovitis

    • Lecture on Fractures and Dislocations

    • Demonstration of Identifying Soft Tissue Structures and Layers

    • Demonstration of Growth Plate and Fracture Exam

    • Demonstration of the Anterior Shoulder Exam

    • Demonstration of the Posterior Shoulder Exam

    • Demonstration of AC Joint Exam

    • Demonstration of the Anterior Elbow Exam

    • Demonstration of Medial Elbow Exam

    • Demonstration of Lateral Elbow Exam

    • Demonstration of Posterior Elbow Exam

    • Demonstration of Evaluating Hand Tendons

    • Demonstration of Anterior Knee Exam

    • Demonstration of Medial and Lateral Knee Exams

    • Demonstration of Posterior Knee Exam

    • Demonstration of Anterior Ankle Exam

    • Demonstration of Medial Ankle Exam

    • Demonstration of Lateral Ankle Exam

    • Demonstration of Posterior Ankle Exam

    • Demonstration of the Achilles Tendon Exam

    • Demonstration of Hip Effusion Exam

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • MSK, Skin, and Soft Tissue Quiz

    • Completion of the MSK, Skin, and Soft Tissue Exams

  • 15

    Needle Guidance Procedures

    • Introduction to Needle Guidance Procedures

    • Lecture on Procedure Basics

    • Lecture on Phantom Options

    • Podcast #164 - Why Tofu Rocks for POCUS Training

    • Lecture on Arthrocentesis

    • Demonstration of Arthrocentesis Technique

    • Demonstration of Identifying Landmarks for Lumbar Puncture

    • Lecture on Nerve Block Examples

    • Discussing Benefits of Using a Block Needle

    • Demonstration of the Supraclavicular and Interscalene Nerve Blocks

    • Demonstration of the Infraclavicular Nerve Block

    • Demonstration of the Femoral Nerve Block

    • Demonstration of the Fascia Iliaca Block

    • Demonstration of the Popliteal Nerve Block

    • Demonstration of the Popliteal Nerve Block with Second Device

    • Demonstration of the Posterior Tibial Nerve Block

    • Demonstration of Erector Spinae Plane (ESP) Block

    • Demonstration of Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Needle Guidance Procedures Quiz

    • Completion of Needle Guidance Procedures

  • 16

    Bonus: Miscellaneous GI Pathology

    • Lecture on Appendicitis

    • Podcast #161 - POCUS for Appendicitis

    • Demonstration of the Appendix Exam

    • Demonstration of Measuring the Appendix

    • Lecture on Small Bowel Obstruction (SBO)

    • Lecture on Pyloric Stenosis

    • Demonstration of Identifying the Stomach

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Miscellaneous GI Pathology Quiz

  • 17

    Bonus: Administrative Topics

    • Introduction to Administrative Topics

    • Lecture on Credentialing and Privileging

    • Lecture on Documentation

    • Podcast #30 - SPACUS and POCUS Competency with Frank Norman

    • Podcast #31 - Integrating an Ultrasound Program with Frank Norman

    • Podcast #116 - POCUS Improves Patient Understanding and Satisfaction

    • Podcast #129 - SPOCUS Series: Why to Integrate Ultrasound into a Program

    • Podcast #130 - SPOCUS Series: How to Integrate Ultrasound into a Program

    • Podcast #131 - SPOCUS Series: Logistics to Integrating Ultrasound into a Program

    • Podcast #173 - Promoting POCUS Utilization and Celebrating Wins

    • Resources Including Policy Statements from ACEP

    • Statements from SPOCUS

    • Reimbursement Guides

    • Administration Topics Quiz

  • 18

    Next steps

    • Before You Take Your Test

    • Final Test

    • Information Needed for CME Certificate

    • Congrats! You Have Finished the Course!

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

FAQ

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

    The Portable Ultrasound Master Class takes 20 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, 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?

    Both Chip Lange and Yomi Olusanya are part of Practical POCUS and are paid by them.

  • Is there any commercial support for the courses?

    This course is not commercially supported.

Key Learning Objectives

  • 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.