US - Pregnancy The LABUR protocol: Ultrasound of the Month

US - Pregnancy The LABUR protocol: Ultrasound of the Month

Your pregnant patient gets rushed in uncomfortable and just shying of pushing but you have a few minutes to panic. Why panic when you can grab a probe and get some information about your impending delivery? Dr. Bernardoni guides us through the LABUR exam and the finer points of the term OB POCUS.

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US - Diagnosing PE: Ultrasound of the Month

US - Diagnosing PE: Ultrasound of the Month

PE is often a considered and easily risk-stratified diagnosis, however what about when you take away your definitive test of the CTPA? Dr. Ham examines the 60/60 sign and other ultrasonographic tests you can use to determine the acuity of right ventricular strain which is addition to the clinical and hemodynamic evaluation can help you triage additional strategies to traditional anticoagulation.

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US - Saphenous vein cannulation: Ultrasound of the Month

US - Saphenous vein cannulation: Ultrasound of the Month

Vascular access difficulties…everyone’s favorite. There’s certainly no way to disrupt your flow and efficiency than a patient who you cant get access on. In this month’s ultrasound case of the month, Dr. Jared Ham discusses a technique using ultrasound to get quick and easy access.

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AirCare Series: Pre-Hospital Ultrasound

AirCare Series: Pre-Hospital Ultrasound

This month's AirCare Series post is the first podcast in the series!  In this podcast one of our current interns, Adam Gottula, interviews a graduate of our program, Andrew Latimer.  Dr. Latimer is currently a Senior EMS Fellow at the University of Washington.  In this interview, Dr. Latimer discusses how they use pre-hospital ultrasound at his flight program as well as his thoughts on the future applications of this technology. 

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Hypotension + Abdominal Pain = Ultrasound

Hypotension + Abdominal Pain = Ultrasound

You are working an busy overnight shift at your rural community ER when a nurse comes to notify you of a new patient in the lobby - there are no open beds currently, but she thinks he looks ill.

You go out to evaluate the patient quickly - He is complaining of severe generalized abdominal pain that started a few hours ago and is worsening. He looks pale and slightly diaphoretic, has severe abdominal tenderness with peritonitis. Concerned, you wheel him back to your trauma bay...

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Just the thing for the faint of heart!

Just the thing for the faint of heart!

As Emergency Physicians, we pride ourselves on taking care of critically ill, undifferentiated patients. As technology as advanced, we’ve been able to add more and more tools to our arsenal to help guide the management of these patients. One such tool is cardiac ultrasonography. It is able to give us dynamic information about the patient, rule out life threatening pathology such as tamponade, and even help guide resuscitation in cardiac arrest. All of this, however hinges on the physician having the knowledge and skills to employ this in our fast paced environment. Are your skills up to snuff? Find out after the jump!

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