In our 21st century, the welcomed addition of artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced POCUS to even higher ground.
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.
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.
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.
4/20/2020 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.
4/15/2020 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.
4/7/2020 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.
4/2/2020 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.
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.
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.
3/5/2020 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.
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.
2/21/2020To Do No Harm
“I will do no harm.” Infamous words from the Hippocratic Oath recognized and taken to heart by the more than 34 million healthcare providers worldwide. The healthcare industry is one of the largest segments of the workforce and seen as one of the most significant, as no matter one’s title, the goal of a day’s work is the same. To do no harm.
02/17/2020 Get Your Best APICAL 4 Chamber View
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.
02/06/2020 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.
02/01/20 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.
01/29/20 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.
01/24/20 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.
01/13/20 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.
01/04/20 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.
12/30/19 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.
12/16/19 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.
12/12/19 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.
11/25/19 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.
11/21/19 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.
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.
10/30/19 The Death of the Stethoscope Act 2
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.
10/30/19 The Death of the Stethoscope Act 1
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.”
10/29/19 How did POCUS Fundamentals Becomes 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.
10/14/19 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?
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.
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.
09/10/19 POCUS for the 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.
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.
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.”
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.
Technology shapes our lives: it has impacted our past, it influences our present and it is defining our future. From autonomous cars to delivery drones, technology has already woven itself into every aspect of our lives, and its sway will continue to increase due to advancements in research. At the Point-of-care (POCUS) Certification Academy™, our mission revolves around understanding and staying abreast of enhancements in technology directly linked to the medical field.
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.
05/31/19 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.
“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).
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.
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.
We are proud to introduce you to the certificate for musculoskeletal (MSK) and skin and soft tissue conditions.
The future of ultrasound is dynamic, inclusive, disruptive and it is here today.
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.
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.”
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.
The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy has found a calling in its Mission POCUS.
Why one cardiac surgery department sees Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) as the future of healthcare.
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.
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