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7/27/2021 No Time to Waste. Hepatitis Can't Wait.
There is one agreeable point regarding the subject of time among the masses. There isn't enough of it. Most of us wish for additional hours in a day, desire to slow down the years, and dream of accomplishing more in the limited seconds given. Time is ticking away, and as the saying goes, "it waits for no man." It is the one resource provided that can not be replenished. Once it's gone, it's gone. This year's World Hepatitis Day (WHD) reminds us just how precious time is with the theme, "Hepatitis Can't Wait."
7/26/2021 Connect With a Global Community at POCUS World
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has proven to be an instrumental modality in enhancing the standards and quality of global care. The portable, real-time nature of this tool offers numerous benefits to medical professionals and enables them to meet the needs of their patients. Through global resources, training programs, and partnerships, POCUS has reshaped healthcare for practitioners and patients. In September, the 2021 POCUS World™ Virtual Conference will further elevate the impact of point-of-care ultrasound by providing our medical community the opportunity to engage with a global network of like-minded professionals.
7/19/2021 Positioning Medicine as the Forerunner of Innovation
Innovation has been a buzzword that has saturated industries for decades. There’s no doubt that the growth and depth of technology have influenced the strength and value associated with the word. We entered into the new millennium, and it became clear that what would be notable with the passing of time is how much innovation would change our norm. Quickly, what existed and defined how we do things, would be made obsolete before we had the opportunity to adjust.
7/12/2021 The POCUS MSK Certification Engages the Healthcare Community
While the recent expansion of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has occurred throughout the healthcare field, in years past, one area of focus that has seen substantial growth is the use of POCUS to diagnose musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries and disorders. As a non-invasive modality that can be used to provide real-time diagnostic insights at the point of care, POCUS can help practitioners and doctors identify and evaluate a multitude of MSK conditions such as joint fluid, tendinosis, bursitis, and more.
7/6/2021 POCUS World: Find Answers to Your One of a Kind Virtual Experience
The excitement continues to brew as we draw closer to POCUS World, the first and only global conference of its kind, focused solely on the clinical application of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). So be sure you’re registered and have your calendars marked for September 17-18. This invaluable opportunity provides attendees the chance to engage with the healthcare community, collaborate on POCUS standards, connect and learn from renowned POCUS users, and participate in hands-on demonstrations of the latest point-of-care ultrasound applications.
06/29/2021 A Global Event for Every POCUS Professional
This 2-day conference speaks to the needs of the medical providers who work tirelessly to support the community and provides them an opportunity to grow their network and elevate the POCUS mission. With a diverse offering of tracks and sessions, speakers from 14 countries, networking opportunities, educational resources, and more, POCUS World promises an unparalleled experience for the healthcare community.
06/24/2021 Inferior Vena Cava POCUS Assessment of Inferior Vena Cava (IVC)
The inferior vena cava (IVC) is a large, thin-walled, retroperitoneal blood vessel formed by the confluence of the left and right common iliac veins. It carries the deoxygenated blood from the lower body and lower extremities to the right atrium.
06/20/2021 The POCUS Ambassador Program Elevates a Global Community of POCUS Experts
A small but impactful modality, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), is a tool that has the power to redefine healthcare. In recent years, the medical community has grown increasingly aware of how the benefits of this technology can expand beyond its traditional uses and can elevate healthcare in both urban and rural communities.
06/15/2021 A Focus on Men’s Well-Being Promotes Awareness and Prevention
IMHW is celebrated annually during the week ending on Father's Day. This year's celebrations and awareness begin June 14th and run through June 20th. On the Friday of this special week, Men's Health Network encourages supporters of male health to participate in its Wear BLUE® awareness campaign. Together, patrons dress in and #ShowUsYourBlue on social media to awaken consciousness about the importance of men's well-being and encourage them to live full, longer, and healthier lives.
06/07/2021 Accreditation Enhances Global Healthcare
At the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy™, we believe in the role accreditation has in helping improve global health and setting the standards of excellence in POCUS. Our certificates and certifications provide healthcare professionals the opportunity to highlight their experience, share their knowledge, demonstrate their proficiency, and further promote the best practices in POCUS.
05/26/2021 Emergency Medicine — Always There
Undoubtedly, this is one specialization constantly under intense, high-pressure circumstances, yet, they always bring their patients the best of themselves. That is why on May 27th, we pause to celebrate #EmergencyMedicineDay. This year's event theme: We Are Always There For You—a narrative that never rang more true proceeding a year where the entire globe leaned heavily on EM providers to see us through.
05/26/2021 Ultrasound Guided Injections
With the introduction of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS), the procedure has become easier to learn and master. Now, every healthcare provider who wishes can access an ultrasound device and perform joint injections using ultrasound guidance.
5/25/2021 Coming Together to Create Change
For the first time since the inception of the initiative, the 2021 MissionPOCUS grant is awarded to two organizations. MedGlobal and Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI) have partnered together to establish a pilot program to show the feasibility of effectively training healthcare providers in a POCUS protocol using remote learning.
5/24/2021 POCUS for Physician Assistants Creates a Domino Effect of Better Care
This modality benefits healthcare professionals at all stages of their medical careers and enhances the diagnostic process across specialties. The integration of POCUS into academic programs has led to a growing number of healthcare experts adding it to their toolkits, which has a larger number of patients benefiting from the care they receive.
5/12/2021 Certification: Making A Global Statement
Medical certifications are credentials awarded as a means of guaranteeing a level of medical skill, experience, and proficiency. They are usually associated with providing a specific type of healthcare specialty or service and involves completing an educational program and/or passing a knowledge base exam.
5/10/2021 Nursing Innovation Enhances Healthcare Standards
National Nurses Week is observed yearly from May 6 - 12 as an opportunity to honor nurses for their passion and innovation, the impact they make on healthcare, and their dedication to medicine. These inspirational healthcare professionals have paved paths of change throughout history in both the medical field and their patients' lives. 
4/25/2021 POCUS Enhances Patient Experience
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is a modality that enhances medical professional’s diagnostic procedures and provides comfort to patients, who are increasingly recognizing it as a tool that demonstrates their healthcare institute’s dedication to providing the best care possible.
4/20/2021 Reshaping POCUS Education to Strive for Mastery
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has arguably revolutionized the healthcare industry, and many believe its impact has only begun. With many in the field predicting that this modality will become as commonplace as the stethoscope, healthcare workers are actively looking for paths to learn and expand their POCUS capabilities.
4/12/2021 Help Shape the 2021 POCUS World Virtual Conference
POCUS World, the virtual conference here to unite a global community in education and action, is a two-day event hosted by the POCUS Certification Academy™ (PCA). Taking place September 17 and 18, this groundbreaking experience is being launched to support the medical community in upholding POCUS standards.
4/5/2021 POCUS Drives Better Care on a Global Scale
At the heart of the medical community is the dedication to improving global health by ensuring every patient can achieve the highest quality of care. This mission transcends specialties and geographic boundaries, declaring no patient is left behind.
3/24/2021 POCUS Empowers Nurses to Provide Their Highest Level of Care
During their medical experience, there’s one healthcare professional that patients have come to turn to for emotional, procedural, and diagnostic support: their nurses. Along with being members of a specialized discipline, nurses tend to be the beacon of support and comfort for patients.
03/22/2021 A Catalyst for Advancing Care in Nursing
Nurses, respected for the medical and emotional care they provide, have increasingly started using POCUS in their work, and its influence is certainly evident. 
03/15/2021 Putting the “Care” in Healthcare
Medical providers aren't important; we are essential. The need for us just isn't due to an unknown virus. We are a requirement if the world desires to live their best lives. Having the ability to access and restore the full person is an incredible power to own.
03/10/2021 Empowering Patients this World Kidney Day
From launching new initiatives, conducting research, sharing knowledge during the diagnostic process, and more, we are all working together to decrease kidney disease frequency and its impact.
3/5/2021 Choose To Challenge Heart Health
Welcome to March 8, the day of the woman—officially recognized as International Women's Day (IWD). On this day, the entire globe pauses to reflect on and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of the female race.
3/2/2021 Impact of Renal Point-of-Care Ultrasound
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be used to evaluate patients with possible urinary system related complaints.
2/18/2021 Innovation Drives the Expansion of Point-of-Care Ultrasound
The healthcare field is evolving, and as new knowledge and resources become available, members of the medical community engage with the changes to provide the highest quality of care.
2/15/2021 Saving Lives Using POCUS
Point of care ultrasound is not only quick and available at the patient’s bedside, but there is no radiation exposure associated with ultrasound like there would be with an x-ray or CT scan. POCUS has become the standard of care for clinicians in Emergency Medicine and is able to provide a large amount of information for common presentations seen within the department.
2/9/2021 The Win-Win of Pediatric Focused Cardiac POCUS
Due to its contributions in enhancing the diagnostic and patient care experience, attention has been given to POCUS application in the emergency and critical care settings and centered on focused cardiac examination, particularly within pediatrics.
2/8/2021 POCUS Provides Timely and Accessible Care for Cardiac Arrest
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has numerous benefits. One of these advantages is its ability to enhance cardiac emergency responses by allowing patients to receive chest compressions while being evaluated with POCUS.
2/3/2021 When Decisions Matter: POCUS Informing the Next Steps
Today, POCUS is utilized throughout the numerous stages of a patient's care plan; diagnosis, resuscitation, operation, and postoperative critical care. Included in this usage growth are oncologists and other cancer specialists exploring how POCUS can diagnose and manage the disease.
1/15/2021 The New Year Brings New Opportunities for Growth
One modality at the forefront of medicine in recent years is point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). As practitioners and healthcare workers have become increasingly aware of its benefits, its presence has grown beyond the traditional use of imaging and radiology.
1/13/2021 New Year Offers New Possibilities for Medical Growth
The new year’s transition marks a checkpoint where healthcare providers pause, consider what they have learned, and use this insight to navigate the path they take towards their goal.
1/4/2021 Our Resolution to Pursue Better Care
POCUS has rapidly become recognized as a new standard for quality care due to advancements in technology and increased patient and practitioner knowledge. Its impact has not reached its peak, though, and consequently, as its capabilities improve, members of the healthcare community continue to remain committed to growing with it.
1/2/2019 POCUS: Practice Makes Perfect
Dr. Victor Rao is a radiologist by training and a pioneer of POCUS learning content for medical students, physicians assistants and residents, and continuing medical education content for physicians at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia.  Here is why he thinks that practice makes perfect with POCUS.
1/04/2020 POCUS Breaks Through Barriers
Breakthroughs are the force that pushes our technological revolutions forward. When one occurs in the medical field, rapid growth trails right behind — emerging leaders who refine and perfect the new technology that has broken through the barriers that once inhibited progress. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has emerged as one of the leading medical breakthroughs of the 21st century, providing greater access to imaging technology and better patient care. For National Technology Day, we want to celebrate the growth we have witnessed around POCUS in 2019.
1/6/2020 Happy National Technology Day!
Breakthroughs are the force that pushes our technological revolutions forward. When one occurs in the medical field, rapid growth follows right behind—emerging leaders who refine and perfect the new technology that has broken through the barriers that once inhibited progress.
1/9/2019 Care With A Promise
What is the promise of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS)?  "The first is that a clinician can have a much better idea of the diagnosis of the patient in front of him by adding to their standard 19th-century physical examination an ultrasound evaluation."
1/13/2020 Leveling the POCUS Playing Field
We can all relate to the thrill of purchasing the newest technology on the market. Consider point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) as the latest advancement for medical practitioners everywhere. Deemed the “stethoscope of the future,” this exciting development is enhancing patient physical examinations across the globe.
1/16/2019 A Community of Fulfillment
The Point-of-Care-Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy’s mission is to improve healthcare globally while bettering outcomes for individual patients. We firmly believe that through a community of healthcare and medical professionals working, sharing, and striving together to bring POCUS to the forefront of patient care, we not only can achieve self-fulfillment but can change the face of healthcare around the world.
1/24/2020 POCUS: Frontline Care
Nursing has been a booming profession of the future for quite some time, and we see no slowing down in its growth. This specialized field requires not only a highly refined skill set bolstered by quality education but also a level of empathy and compassion that allows patients to feel cared for and safe in the hands of their medical staff.
1/29/2020 6 Tips for Better POCUS Images
When I teach medical students, I am always amazed at how much they know. They possess knowledge gleaned mostly from videos and didactic lectures. However, the expertise that remains to be amiss for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) beginners is image quality.
1/2020 MissionPOCUS: A Year In Review
The POCUS Certification Academy has developed a vast number of strategies and initiatives to bring its mission to life. However, there is one program that sets the vision running full-fledged. The bridging of the medical community has evolved tremendously through MissionPOCUS.
2/1/2020 The Heart of POCUS
This American Heart Month, let’s celebrate a continual movement towards the kind of care that keeps hearts beating without interruption. That message is to advocate for proper training and education of the medical providers capitalizing on the innovative POCUS tool.
2/6/2020 Point-of-Care Ultrasound Cardiac Exams
Cardiac exams for point-of-care patients are essential, and in this article, we discuss the variety of exams that are performed bedside on cardiac patients. With POCUS, clinicians are able to view cardiac function and ensure that the patient receives the best possible care, leading to better outcomes.
2/17/2020 Get Your Best APICAL 4 Chamber View with POCUS
Guest blogger, James Day RDCS, walks through how to get the best possible on-axis, Apical 4 chamber view for the evaluation of wall motion and left ventricular (LV) function.
2/24/2020 Point-Of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for Cardiac Resuscitation
A widely used tool in critical care areas, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), allows healthcare providers to obtain the accurate diagnosis required for their patients. Patients can benefit from more efficient chest compression’s while being evaluated with point-of-care ultrasound, making the response to a cardiac emergency more effective than ever. POCUS during cardiac resuscitation is controversial, but here we review some of the ways it is currently used.
2/27/2019 POCUS—The Future of Ultrasound is here
The future of ultrasound is dynamic, inclusive, disruptive and it is here today.
3/5/2020 Women Pioneers in Medicine
It’s easy to see that women are making unbelievable strides in the medical field. Female healthcare providers continue to reshape history and have a tremendous impact on the industry. The pride and passion behind these stories evoke a strong emotional response for anyone who loves to see the underdog take the victory.
3/11/2020 The Building Blocks of POCUS
Fundamentals are the building blocks of life. From our view, fundamentals are the bricks required to navigate point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). The word fundamental is defined as “a central or primary rule or principle on which something is based.” Building blocks form a solid foundation for lasting structures to stand on.
3/19/2019 An Effective Route to Healing: POCUS MSK Soft Tissue
We are proud to introduce you to the certificate for musculoskeletal (MSK) and skin and soft tissue conditions.
3/20/2020 COVID-19 and the Role of POCUS
For decades, there has been a concern amongst the medical community about potentially lethal viral diseases continuing to emerge in the human population. A variety of radiological imaging tools are being for imaging related to COVID-19. Dr. Victor Rao writes about the specific role of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in managing COVID-19.
4/2/2020 Introduction to Chest POCUS
The reason for slow integration was simply due to anatomy. Healthy human lungs are air-filled (except during the intrauterine phase of life). It is a well-known fact that the diagnostic ultrasound beam cannot penetrate air, making it impossible to image structures in the chest that have air in front of them. Instead, it would reflect the ultrasound beam and create imaging artifacts.
4/3/2019 POCUS: To the World and Beyond
Some of the world’s greatest discoveries have happened, well, by accident. Benjamin Franklin was flying a kite when he discovered the power of electricity. Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin only after first throwing it away.  Focus on Pocus podcast guest Dr. Cliff Gronseth tripped over his dog and sprained his ankle. After realizing how difficult it was to take an ultrasound of his injury, he wondered if there was an easier way to harness the power of ultrasound to scan and diagnose injuries.
4/7/2020 The Midwife’s View with POCUS
Midwives perform their roles in a space where split-second decisions are required, and time-critical interventions may be necessary. POCUS reduces diagnostic time, allowing the prompt initiation of life-saving treatments. For midwives, POCUS usage could make all the difference where the diagnosis of pregnancy complications could mean life or death for the mother and/or fetus.
4/15/2020 POCUS Tracks COVID-19
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is having a moment of its own in partnership with the heroes of this story. Due to the overloaded state of healthcare venues around our world, agility is key to combating COVID-19. Portable imaging is granting doctors and nurses a method of obtaining swift answers, via POCUS.
4/20/2020 Mental Health Care for Frontline Heroes
The new norm does create heightened concerns. To do our jobs well, we must provide our patients with personal care. There is no workaround. This care means we get, and remain close, to the bedside of those we tend to. We’re obligated to do what the rest of the world is asked to refrain from. The emphasis on distancing, so lives can be saved, does not apply to us.
4/22/2020 Honoring the Patient's Experience
Patient care remains to be front-page news in our current norm. No matter how the world changes, the experience of being a patient is one every person hopes to come out on the other side with positive impressions. Receiving upstanding, personal, and effective patient support is expected when individuals consult their healthcare providers.
4/30/2019 Artificial Intelligence—Putting the POC in POCUS
What an exciting time for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and artificial intelligence (AI)! AI is computer-based technology that mimics the complexity, wonder, and power of the human brain in the likes of robots and machines that replicate human voice and understanding. These devices automate repetitive tasks and create efficiencies. Some household devices you’re probably very aware of such as Siri, Alexa, and Face & Finger Recognition, incorporate automation and capture efficiencies in our day-to-day lives. Yet, these types of AI-infused solutions are just the beginning.
5/1/2020 An Empowering Force Behind Healthcare
National Nurses Week is observed every year beginning May 6 and ending May 12. The week celebrates the enormous impacts that nurses contribute to the world of medicine.
5/5/2020 POCUS Brings Aid to the Hospitalist
5/10/2020 The Rise of the Robots, by James Day
Experts claim that by 2030, automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning will force about 32% of the American workforce (54 million people) to find new jobs.
5/18/2020 Advancing Point-of-Care Ultrasound Enables CRNAs to Provide Game-Changing Care
In our 21st century, the welcomed addition of artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced POCUS to even higher ground.
5/20/2020 POCUS Takes Flight
POCUS technology assisted air medical personnel to pinpoint what was causing the symptoms in a time-efficient manner, which contributed to this child's life being saved.
5/25/2020 Shoot out at the OK Corral? by James Day
Artificial intelligence is not just causing disruptions in traditionally blue-collar work. The plight of assembly line workers and drivers of 18 wheelers first comes to mind. I have collected several studies that apply to radiology and medical imaging in general- and these are all professional white-collar jobs. All studies feature artificial intelligence in its infancy as it is in 2020.
5/29/2019 How Will AI Change the World of POCUS?
"AI is here to stay, for sure. I embrace it and am excited about it. Our job is to make sure that folks don't get the wrong impression about AI. It is going to be our friend," Dr. Victor Rao of the POCUS Certification Academy is optimistic about the merger of AI with POCUS. As a clinician on staff and the Global Clinical Content Manager, Dr. Rao addresses the impacts that artificial intelligence (AI) has made and will continue to make on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS).
5/31/2019 POCUS Fest: Celebrating Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Medical Students
Over 300 point-of-care ultrasound enthusiasts participated in person or via live stream. A highlight for most, was when students and residents participated in hands-on sessions that included POCUS scanning challenges in cardiac, abdominal, MSK and lung practice cases. They also had the unique opportunity to watch POCUS in action and engage in games, which increased their familiarity with a handheld ultrasound device. Many coined this as an unforgettable encounter with POCUS.   
6/1/2020 POCUS DVT Saves Lives
POCUS offers the ability to make a prompt diagnosis in the point-of-care setting and initiate anticoagulation therapy when indicated without unnecessary delay.
6/10/2019 Virtual Reality and POCUS: A New Way to Train
There’s a lot of exciting conversation swirling around about artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Most agree that AI is transforming POCUS by allowing access to the world hitherto unforeseen.  Hear what Ben Delaney, Chief Analyst of Greenlight Insights has to say about how AI is impacting POCUS.
6/16/2020 12 Benefits of POCUS
Imaging modalities and their applications have gone where they’ve never been before. Healthcare providers now bring this sophisticated imaging device to the patient, rather than vice versa. Radiologists and other diagnostically trained clinicians highly value the image quality, speed, and ease of use.
6/17/2020 The Core of POCUS
In the article, Bowman shares specific examples where the emphasis on the vitality and importance of core point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training save lives.
6/22/2020 Learning to Expect the Unexpected with POCUS
The only certainty in today’s environment is uncertainty. The only way to properly prepare for a dynamic and unpredictable future is to expect the unexpected and train accordingly.
7/1/2020 POCUS Education Provider (PEP) Program: Educating and Training Healthcare Professionals in the Art of POCUS
The use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has steadily increased in both clinical and community settings in recent years. It is one of the few diagnostic methods that can be performed quickly at the bedside by a physician and has a significant impact on patient outcomes. It is compact, easily accessible, cost-effective, and readily easy to learn.
7/8/2020 7 Ways to Learn POCUS
By providing the highest degree of care founded in rigorous education, we improve the lives of our patients and, ultimately, the quality of our world.
7/11/2019 POCUS Fest Hits the Road
In case you missed it, the POCUS Certification Academy held its inaugural POCUS Fest on May 11 at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. 300 medical students and residents attended the immersive ultrasound experience, which included an introduction to the world of POCUS, lectures, and demonstrations by certification academy clinicians. It was a resounding success – so much so in fact, that we are excited to announce our second event.
7/13/2020 CME: A Cornerstone of Medicine
For the healthcare provider, education doesn't end at the degree. Instead, it's just the beginning. Medical professionals need to continue learning throughout our careers if the aim is to provide the highest possible level of patient care, advance in our profession, and witness our industry evolve.
7/19/2020 Benefits of Incorporating POCUS into Your “Toolbox”
With a history that dates back to 1880, POCUS is not necessarily new, but its impact and growth in the healthcare profession have seen a significant spike in recent years. As the technology has improved, the price of this modality has decreased, and its portability increased. Therefore, more healthcare workers have added POCUS to their medical toolbox.
7/26/2020 POCUS: The Advanced Modality for Advanced Nursing
The Focus on POCUS™ podcast centers attention on this medical specialty, featuring an interview with Thomas M. Kelly, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University-College of Nursing.
8/2/2019 Myth or Fact? POCUS Made Intelligent.
The unknown evokes fear. Any advancement, no matter the field it occurs in, is greeted with doubt and skepticism as individuals ascertain whether it can be trusted. Progress in the medical field, especially as it relates to the presence of artificial intelligence (AI), is no exception to the rule.
8/02/2019 Point-of-Care Ultrasound Helps Alleviate Physician Burnout
As physicians, our original intent for diving into such a challenging vocation can get lost in a sea of administration, insurance compliance, fragmented care and—let's not mention at times—the dreaded electronic health record (EHR) systems.
Point-of-care ultrasound can help change that by enhancing the professional satisfaction of the physicians. " Our professional satisfaction is everything about the job outside the wages that keeps us engaged as doctors.  Point-of-care ultrasound enhances that professional satisfaction."
8/3/2020 The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy Announces Doctors Without Borders as MissionPOCUS selection for 2020
The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™ is announcing Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, as the selection of their MissionPOCUS™ project for the 2020 fiscal year.
8/4/2020 POCUS Enhances Healthcare in Remote Regions
Organizations like Rad-Aid conduct inspiring work in these rural regions to equip them with the best training and tools necessary for POCUS utilization.
8/10/2020 Leveling the Equality Playing Field with POCUS
Membership organizations, agencies on both the federal and state levels, and foundations continue efforts towards eliminating the disparities that plague rural regions and improve the health and overall well-being of its citizens.
8/10/2020 POCUS for Rural Healthcare
This blog post address the unique healthcare challenges faced by rural communities and the advantages POCUS brings to rural health.
8/12/2020 Removing POCUS Usage Barriers in Rural Communities
This blog post address four sigificant barriers to the use of POCUS in rural areas.
8/17/2020 POCUS Enhances Healthcare in Remote Regions
Organizations like Rad-Aid conduct inspiring work in these rural regions to equip them with the best training and tools necessary for POCUS utilization.
8/24/2020 Students of POCUS Have Access to Diverse Methods of Training
Thorough education is vital in ensuring uniformity in the care provided across medicine. For this reason, there are specific guidelines regarding point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training and multiple ways of pursuing education in POCUS.
8/29/2020 POCUS Help Students Prepare for Delivery of Better Patient Care
The growth of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has practitioners across medicine predicting that it will become as common as the stethoscope.
9/2/2020 Students of POCUS Have Access to Diverse Methods of Training
Thorough education is vital in ensuring uniformity in the care provided across medicine. For this reason, there are specific guidelines regarding point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training and multiple ways of pursuing education in POCUS.
9/8/2020 POCUS Help Students Prepare for Delivery of Better Patient Care
The growth of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has practitioners across medicine predicting that it will become as common as the stethoscope.
9/10/2019 Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for Generalists
We are introducing our POCUS Generalist Certification, which we believe addresses the needs of a broader audience. We sat down with Victor V. Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS (APCA), Manager, Global Clinical Content & POCUS Education at the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy. He walked us through what this new certification is all about.
9/14/2020 The Importance of Developing a Sustainable POCUS Curriculum
Medical schools should support and champion for standards in POCUS to ensure that elements taught are viewed as POCUS expertise to the medical community.
9/19/2019 A Quiet Disease Unsilenced by POCUS
To be aware is to have consciousness, recognition, or a realization of a fact or reality. An awareness allows us to encounter knowledge that was once unknown or almost kept as a secret from us. This month, we want to remove the blinders, shed light on, and enlighten our community about aortic diseases. Join us in recognizing Aortic Disease Awareness Month and highlighting September 19, Aortic Disease Awareness Day.
9/21/2020 Better Care Stems from Better Learning
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) provides better care from a technical and a patient standpoint.
9/28/2020 POCUS Student Groups – Paving a Future for Better Care
The increase in specialties utilizing POCUS to provide healthcare providers with immediate information to guide their diagnoses has amplified the need for POCUS training before entering the workforce.
9/29/2020 Tele-Ultrasound Removes Distance from the Patient Care Equation
It is no secret that technology has and will continue to transform our lives. It's anyone's guess to the extent of change it will create in shaping and molding our future. There isn't a sector that technology does not have a hand in. It is all around us and will impact every and anything, including the world of medicine.
10/3/2019 Happy Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month!
Every year in October, the medical field comes together to celebrate Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM). This month-long campaign is a special time to pay homage to the advancement of sonography and its impact on medical science. MUAM also recognizes the trained sonographers that provide this pivotal service to patient communities everywhere. Furthermore, it creates a platform for ultrasound technicians to celebrate their field of work.
10/5/2020 Forever a Software Newbie
The more complex the gear, the more attention it requires. And there is more: the constant barrage of a changing digital world. When everything around you is upgrading, this puts pressure on your digital system and necessitates maintenance.
10/11/2020 Tele-Ultrasound Removes Distance from the Patient Care Equation
It is no secret that technology has and will continue to transform our lives. It's anyone's guess to the extent of change it will create in shaping and molding our future. There isn't a sector that technology does not have a hand in. It is all around us and will impact every and anything, including the world of medicine.
10/14/2019 Calling All POCUS Users!
All jobs that sprung forth from the growth and movement of technology shaping and molding the way we live, work, and play in our current society. Technology has called us to review our current landscape and drive innovation forward. It is one of those calls that we all must answer. In answering, there is a question that must be addressed. When new occupations form to meet the needs of our dynamically changing world, how do we determine the set of skills, foundational knowledge, and expertise required to perform them effectively? In other words, how do we know who qualifies for the job?
10/19/2020 Artificial Intelligence Tutorial
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the rage now. It's where simulation was 20 years ago, and where point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) was a decade earlier. What we are experiencing today is the application of AI applied to medical imaging and medical devices.
10/22/2020 Expanding the Benefits of POCUS Through Tele-Ultrasound
The technology behind telemedicine has enhanced healthcare providers’ abilities to provide remote consults and increased the opportunities for patients worldwide to receive diagnoses. Consequently, as the advantages of remote healthcare have accumulated, it has spurred the implementation of different telehealth services that coexist to improve the practice of distance medicine further.
10/24/2018 Care Right By The Bedside
How Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) increased diagnostic certainty and gave peace of mind to a pregnant mother, all without having to leave the ED.
10/29/2019 How did POCUS Fundamentals Become the “Must Take” for CME’s?
Knowledge is an essential tool for human life that never stops evolving. Human curiosity drives us and keeps us motivated to learn. The medical field is known to be one of rigorous education, training, and testing. Those in medicine spend four years in an undergrad program, four years in medical school, and anywhere from three to seven years in residency training before becoming eligible for medical licensing. However, even with the years dedicated to gaining the smarts and wisdom to practice well, medical professionals aren’t immune to this evolving tool, called knowledge.
10/30/2019 The Death of the Stethoscope Act 1: A Glimpse into the Future
Michael sat upright in his bed his hand clenched to his chest. The stabbing pain was definitely getting worse. A look at his smartwatch clearly showed that indeed Michael had a medical problem. Galvanic skin response, skin temperature, lactate, and sweat electrolyte composition were all way above normal. His heart was beating and Fred was out of breath. Do I need to see a doctor? Before Fred had a clear answer, the alarm on his watch went off. A red light was blinking and a sign went on reading “Seek medical attention NOW.”
10/30/2019 The Death of the Stethoscope Act 2: Can it Keep up with the Future?
How will the future of medicine look? Will we use biosensors, smartwatches, robots, and decision support systems such as “Watson?” And will the stethoscope still play a role in such a “high tech” environment? The biochip technology is already here. The scenario presented in the previous article might seem like pure science fiction. But, much of what is portrayed is already being developed. Medical robots such as “da Vinci” are already in use. The first robots to take over tasks of doctors and nurses are being tested. And we are using artificial intelligence to assist doctors in diagnoses and decision making.
11/3/2020 Volunteering With POCUS Offers Countless Benefits
There are numerous physical and mental benefits associated with volunteering in any area of your life. Giving back provides you with an opportunity to connect with others, feel happier and healthier, learn new skills, and advance your career.
11/5/2018 POCUS: Transforming the Future of Healthcare
Why one cardiac surgery department sees Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) as the future of healthcare.
11/8/2019 Honoring our Veterans and the Role of POCUS in the Military
Did you know there are 18.2 million veterans who live in the United States (US)? The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) healthcare program has the privilege of serving over nine million veterans every year! Without a doubt, our vets deserve the best there is to offer in healthcare. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is having a significant impact on this effort. Military men and women are receiving the highest quality of care when medical providers use POCUS in their diagnostic practices. …In fact, the inception of POCUS began with protecting our military. Since Desert Storm in 1991, emergency ultrasound (EUS) became a mandatory component for the training of all military emergency physicians. In 1997, SonoSite™ corporation formed in response to the Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA), tasking of the development of a pocket-sized ultrasound device to benefit combat operations.
11/10/2020 PCA Volunteers Pay it Forward
The healthcare industry has always been united by a common goal: implementing the highest quality of healthcare globally. Advancements in technology, medical practices, and science have continually pushed doctors and medical workers closer to this goal. In recent years, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has appeared as a driving force, propelling the healthcare community closer to achieving this mission.
11/16/2020 Moving the Medical Community Forward through Volunteerism: A Willingness to Share What We Know
When our healthcare community gives of its time to share our passions and pass down our knowledge, we increase access. When we look back on our own medical journeys, we'll find markers upon it filled with someone volunteering their time on our behalf. Without their sacrifice and willingness to give, we may not be where we are today. 
11/19/2020 The Power Behind a Community of POCUS Volunteers
As the well-known proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" states, it is the community’s responsibility to create a safe environment for children to learn and grow in. Similarly, for POCUS to be effectively employed and generate the biggest impact, it takes a community of healthcare professionals to come together to produce change with this modality.
11/21/2019 CMEs and Career Advancement
The very nature of what healthcare professionals do and whom we do it for pushes us into deeper waters of knowledge. Patient care is at the forefront of our work. In the ever-changing landscape of medicine, CMEs give us the room and permission to constantly improve our care techniques, while simultaneously tending to the advancement of our careers.
11/25/2019 To Our Volunteers, Thank You!
Without the volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to build a POCUS community or create assessments that share and help ensure best practices with other users of handheld ultrasound. We have partners in our volunteers who passionately bring their expertise to our development table. As we build effective and reliable assessments with rigorous analyses behind them, our volunteers are crucial in every aspect of the process, from authoring and reviewing questions for our Fundamentals Certificate to producing case studies for our Clinical Certificates and Certifications.
11/25/2020 Dear Volunteers, Thank You
Representing over 100 countries, PCA volunteers are a driving force behind our efforts and are heavily involved in every aspect of our work. From contributing to our blog to developing our certificate and certification programs' content, our volunteers help uphold our three pillars of POCUS Education, POCUS Certification, and POCUS Community Engagement.
12/1/2020 A Milestone of a Year
It's no secret that point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is our passion and works mission. The occurrences of 2020 have placed an enormous spotlight on this modality. The critical role that POCUS has and continues to play during the COVID-19 pandemic is telling in itself.
12/7/2020 POCUS Creates Waves in 2020
Technology has played a vital role in maintaining a sense of normalcy and helping the world move forward: from remote work to digital school and virtual gatherings, people continued their lives. Advancements in technology have always been instrumental in the healthcare field. Throughout this year, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has emerged as a leading force in shaping the medical field.
12/12/2019 POCUS Reduces AAA’s Impact
Aortic diseases and specifically abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) have plagued humanity for thousands of years. …This phenomenon led to the detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients with silent abdominal aortic aneurysms in the primary care and emergency room settings. Also, other pathologies and pathophysiological states could be diagnosed in atypical medical settings. The result, timely intervention, when indicated and thus a significant lowering of AAA related deaths over the past couple of decades.
12/16/2019 Benefits of POCUS MSK in a Family Practice Setting
Dr. Nicole Yedlinsky joined the POCUS Certification Academy™ on our Focus on POCUS™ podcast to share incredible insights on how to transition musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound into the world of general point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). In this December 16th episode, Dr. Yedlinsky stressed the importance of training for POCUS use in daily practice, particularly as it pertains to family care practitioners.
12/21/2018 Mission POCUS Haiti: Advancing Healthcare Across the Globe
The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy has found a calling in its Mission POCUS.
12/30/2019 The Checks and Balances of Medicine
Take a moment and imagine a world where there were no checks and balances. Would you be willing to get on a plane that was inspected by the same team that built it, eat at a public restaurant with a safety rating from the owner, or undergo a medical procedure by someone who was a self-proclaimed surgeon? Independent external validation is the system of checks and balances that allows us to confidently move through everyday life. External validation and regulation comprise the standards for most professions today. When an industry lacks these standards, problems can arise.