Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) competences are a requirement for completion of training in Emergency Medicine.

The updated 2021 RCEM Core US competences include Fascia Iliaca compartment Block and the systematic approach to the patient in shock (RUSH protocol).

These skills complement the traditional four core competences in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound of extended Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (e-FAST), assessment of the Abdominal Aorta for Aneurysm (AAA), focused Echocardiography in Life Support (ELS) and Vascular Access.

Over the last two years POCUS training has followed the remote learning trend imposed by the COVID 19 pandemic distancing measures.

We have followed this trend and found it tremendously efficacious in delivering training when followed by intense and high quality face-to-face practical coaching.
Our course is delivered both through remote learning, with pre-recorded lectures, allowing a self-paced approach to the theory of POCUS, and an intense half-day of practice on healthy models, high fidelity phantoms and simulated clinical scenarios.
We apply a strict ‘3 to 1’ policy (max 3 candidates per instructor/ultrasound machine), which, in our experience, has shown to maximise both the time dedicated to scanning and the learning experience.

Through the ‘3 to 1’ policy we are able to deliver each specific part of the new RCEM curriculum, including practice in peripheral and central vein cannulation, and fascia iliaca block, with plenty of individually dedicated scanning time.

Our faculty of experienced Consultants in Emergency Medicine will lead you to acquire the necessary confidence in the use of both hand-held ultrasound devices and state-of-the-art portable ultrasound machines.

Ultrasound scan of abdomen