medtigo Point of Care Ultrasound Academy


Core features:

  • Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Fundamentals
  • POCUS Certification for Emergency Medicine
  • POCUS Certification for Clinicians
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine Certification
  • Organ-Specific certifications

medtigo Point of Care Ultrasound Academy


medtigo’s POCUS Ultrasound Course

For the past ten years, the evaluation of very ill patients has changed to include the use of POCUS {point-of-care ultrasound}. In 2002, the NICE {National Institute of Clinical Excellence} backed ultrasound use for CVC insertion. In 2008, the NPSA {National Patient Safety Agency} published a report linking the use of POCUS to an improvement of patient safety in pleural procedures. In time, POCUS was added to the emergency medical curriculum for the evaluation of trauma at the Royal College of Medicine.

So, what is POCUS?

POCUS encompasses ultrasound systems that allow for the radiological assessment of a patient, without the need to transport an (often quite-sick) patient to the radiology department itself. The patient, in this instance, can be assessed at his/her bedside, in an ambulance, or in an emergency care setting. Unlike traditional ultrasonography, POCUS enables healthcare workers to collect and interpret images at the patient’s point of care. In so doing, medical providers can reach an accurate and quick diagnosis that dictates the next steps of patient care.

What does a POCUS course cover?

Topics covered in POCUS courses include:

  • Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks and vascular access in emergency medicine
  • Critical care ultrasound
  • Trauma and acute care sonography
  • Ultrasound images with normal and pathologic findings to help in the accurate interpretation of images; the images, in this case, include those related to cardiac, lung, soft tissue, skin, abdominal, and lower-extremity structures

Practical uses of POCUS in emergency settings

Some of the practical uses of POCUS in an emergency care setting include:

  • Rapid assessment of trauma
  • Rapid evaluation of dyspnea causes
  • Cardiac and abdominal ultrasonography to evaluate patients suffering shock
  • Focused electrocardiography for cardiac arrest patients on emergency life support

Benefits of POCUS

Though POCUS is generally an emerging field, it continues to expand quickly, with increasing numbers of people signing up for the related coursework. The following are some of the benefits that have informed the popularity of POCUS:

  • Improvement of traditional examination techniques for the diagnosis and management of patients
  • Decreases in patient complications
  • Reduced timelines for making an accurate diagnosis
  • Enhancement of diagnostic accuracy
  • Improved patient safety

Given the information above, you can now understand why POCUS courses are essential for physician assistants, doctors, and nurses, among other healthcare providers who care for acutely ill patients. Some POCUS trainers, however, offer non-standardized coursework and almost-useless certificates. medtigo Connect, in contrast, offers a high-quality POCUS course that is aligned to different scopes of clinical practice, and that will equip you with the essential skills you require in order to effectively use ultrasound for the assessment and care of patients.

Contact us today online to learn more about our training options, or call (413) 398-5733.


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