This two day course will provide expert point of care ultrasound educators and plenty of hands-on scanning of real people so that you develop the skills necessary to use your ultrasound system effectively and troubleshoot image optimisation for better diagnosis.
Good skills in ultrasound will allow you to
• guide procedures for better patient outcomes
• perform eFAST exams for quick and accurate diagnosis in trauma
• confidently confirm intrauterine pregnancy and allay patient anxiety
Relevance to General Practice
Many rural and remote GP’s work in isolation from other commonly available support services such as formal sonography, radiology and emergency. With ultrasound systems becoming increasingly affordable and more portable, imaging is now available at the bedside allowing GP’s to assess patients in a timely fashion and improve outcomes.
There’s clear evidence that ultrasound is better than a physical exam alone, decreasing the overall cost of care and increasing diagnostic efficiency and patient satisfaction. It’s also proven to increase the safety of procedures.
An increase in diagnostic accuracy allows for health resources to be utilised effectively and can reduce the number of out-patient and in-patient visits and emergency admissions.
Being skilled in ultrasound means having information available at your fingertips to increase your capability and confidence in managing your patients.
- Use ultrasound system controls to optimise imaging and perform foetal biometric measurements and measurement of AFI
- Develop proficiency in probe manipulation to efficiently acquire diagnostic images
- Discuss the clinical role, practical applications and limitations of obstetric ultrasound
- Use a systematic approach to conduct ultrasound assessment of
• TA pelvis
• TV pelvis (practised on ultrasound simulators)
• 1st & 3rd trimester
• Fetal biometry & well-being
• Fetal presentation, placental location and cervical length
- Outline the ultrasound criteria for evaluation of pregnancy loss
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Rural health
- Adult health
- Pregnancy care
- Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health
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