Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is an integral part of healthcare, with its benefits expanding beyond its traditional role in imaging and radiology. This modality elevates the standard of care around the globe by serving as a vital resource that supports medical workers and patients.
As awareness of its benefits across specialties grows, medical workers are increasingly adding POCUS to their toolboxes. No matter where they are in their ultrasound journey, these professionals embrace the opportunity to further their POCUS skill set and utilize it in their work. The experiences of the following healthcare community members and many others demonstrate how POCUS creates a global impact across specialties.
- Nurses have always played an instrumental role in providing their patients with procedural and diagnostic care, as well as emotional support. By incorporating POCUS into their practices, nurses can further elevate their patient’s care and obtain more immediate insights into the most adequate course of action.
- Medical Students are eager to learn, grow, and take in new information to ensure they are in the best position to support their patients. As their awareness of the value of POCUS has increased, medical students are increasingly looking for opportunities to engage with this modality.
- Emergency Medicine (EM) professionals work with patients in various settings, from traditional healthcare centers to disaster sites and more. As they frequently provide care for patients, the portable nature of POCUS supports EM professionals with tending to those in need in any environment.
To help support the needs of medical professionals and expand the impact of POCUS, the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy™ offers the healthcare community educational and practical resources. These include a digital library of informative blogs and podcast episodes, access to a network of medical professionals, certification opportunities, and more. Our ultimate goal is to collaborate with healthcare leaders globally to further the POCUS mission.
We recognize that while the advantages of this modality vary across specialties, a strong understanding of its fundamentals is always essential for POCUS to reach its fullest potential. Whether using POCUS for years or in the process of learning the ins and outs of this impactful tool, every healthcare professional pulls from their base of POCUS knowledge to direct how they maximize the benefits of integrating it into their practice. That is why our POCUS Fundamentals Certificate is at the heart of the certificates and certifications we offer.
This certificate covers three core building blocks of clinical POCUS: safety, ultrasound physics, and instrumentation. It includes practical educational tutorials that support healthcare providers in staying up to date with the latest, most innovative POCUS practices. By investing in themselves to receive this certificate, medical workers demonstrate their commitment to patient care. Additionally, receiving this certificate and demonstrating their POCUS skill set is built on a strong foundation of knowledge unlocks the door to 16 other POCUS specialty certificates and certifications.
While how and why POCUS is used varies across medical settings, in every case, having a thorough background of the foundation of POCUS will benefit patients and our community of providers. As awareness and implementation increases among healthcare professionals, they occupy the frontlines of the charge that will help us improve the standards of care worldwide. By constantly looking for opportunities to build on our POCUS expertise, the medical community will utilize POCUS to build a future of more equitable and accessible global care.
Start your journey with the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate today!