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Point of Care Ultrasound Course: Diagnose the Critical Issues Faster!

In the fast-paced setting of healthcare, you have limited time to make critical evaluations. Precious minutes tick away while you order and transport the patient for imaging.

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is changing the way that advanced practice health professionals evaluate their incoming patients. Imagine if you had the ability to identify a patient’s internal problem – on the spot! Point-of-care ultrasound gives you this ability.

The days of relying solely on the stethoscope are outdated – you don’t have to rely on listening and looking alone. Take off the blindfold that has been preventing you from dynamically observing tissues in vivo! With this game changing technology, you will create a new standard of evaluation:

  • Detect fluid in the pericardium
  • Identify abdominal aortic aneurysms as early as possible
  • Catch a DVT before it has a chance to embolize

This recording will walk you through everything you need to know to begin using point-of-care ultrasound imaging – from primary care settings to emergent care. With this tool, you’ll be able to quickly identify a diagnosis AND cut down on unnecessary radiation.

Learn why this technology is taking the medical world by storm!

Program Information


  1. Explain the indications for specialized point-of-care ultrasound examinations.
  2. Critique ultrasound images of anatomy appropriate for point-of-care examination.
  3. Compare normal vs abnormal ultrasound appearances for specialized point-of-care ultrasound.
  4. Analyze ultrasound images for specialized point-of-care ultrasound examinations.
  5. Discuss how point-of-care ultrasound findings can be utilized in patient management.
  6. Utilize appropriate techniques for reporting results of point-of-care ultrasound examinations.


Point-of-Care Ultrasound vs Traditional Imaging: What You Need to Know

  • Dynamic vs static imaging
  • Bilateral comparison
  • Differentiation of solid vs fluid
  • Sound waves vs radiation
Get Comfortable with the Device
  • Determine appropriate transducer and placement/pressure
  • What do all the knobs do?
  • Gray vs white vs black – Echogenicity of tissue and structures
Image Interpretation and Assessments
  • Step-by-step guide for evaluation
  • Optimal patient positioning and scanning protocol
  • Spot the abnormality!
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Asymptomatic and easy to miss without POCUS
  • Prevention – who is most at risk?
  • Screening protocol for primary care
Abdominal Trauma
  • The ticking time bomb – internal bleeding
  • The easy target: liver damage via blunt force trauma
  • Frequent source of bleeding: spleen
  • Primary culprit of abdominal pain: gallbladder
  • Biliary dilation, gallbladder attack
Cardiac and Lung
  • Pleural and pericardial effusions
  • Cardiac overload
  • Collapsed lung
Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Spot the warning signs early: Leg pain, swollen legs
  • Catch them before they embolize
Obstetrics – First Trimester
  • Is what you’re seeing indicative of normal outcomes?
  • Identify embryologic structures
  • Ectopic and tubal pregnancies
Forging a new frontier
  • Risks and limitations
  • When to proceed with additional imaging
  • Billing and coding
  • Tips for bringing this service into your wheelhouse

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician’s Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • EMT/Paramedics
  • Sonographers

Copyright : 03/02/2020

Advanced Lab Interpretation: Master the Hidden Clues

The lab work you have been anxiously waiting for, comes back normal.  That wasn’t what you expected...  But now what?

You could just as easily be assigned to care for a patient with a change in blood gases, renal failure, liver functions, coagulation concerns, early sepsis or a diabetes crisis during your next shift.  Are you confident in your interpretation of the results?  What about those subtle lab shifts that might make you wonder what lies ahead for the patient?

The blood results may just be the tip of the iceberg.  A critical event could be on the horizon, if you don’t initiate the appropriate interventions.   This opportunity will elevate your lab analysis critical thinking to detect the hidden clues from the results and anticipate your patient’s presentation as the values deteriorate or improve. 

This video-based training from a nationally recognized critical care/emergency expert will provide you the advanced skills, proven strategies and understanding you need NOW.  This is one training that you will immediately put to use.  Day in and day out with the patients you care for!

Program Information


  1. Evaluate the results of coagulation studies (PT/INT and PTT).
  2. Plan patient interventions based upon complete blood count findings.
  3. Determine the clinical implications based upon the metabolic panels.
  4. Distinguish between life-threatening electrolyte imbalances, to detect causes and remedies.
  5. Prepare for renal function implications based upon BUN, Creatinine, BUN/CR ratio, and GFR.
  6. Analyze blood gases and pertinent clinical implications.
  7. Differentiate between bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis based on lumbar puncture findings.


Getting the Most Out of the CBC

  • Identify the cause of abnormal findings
  • The significance of LFTs
  • Left shift explained
  • Transfusions and unplanned complications

Beyond the “Basics” of the BMP

  • When “normal” doesn’t represent homeostasis
  • Important implications for patient management
  • Anticipate the EKG changes
  • When to watch and when to treat

Liver Labs and Coagulation Complications

  • CMP: Indications and implications
  • Master the clotting cascade
  • Recognize life-threatening complications
  • Current treatment strategies
  • The right lab test for the medication
  • Managing DIC

Cardiac Labs: Time is Muscle!

  • Integrate findings into the comprehensive cardiac assessment
  • Oxygenation, ventilation, acid-base status and more
  • Patient monitoring guidelines
  • Optimizing therapy

Prevent Endocrine Emergencies

  • Respond to critical lab findings
  • Prevent complications
  • The dangers of insulin replacement
  • Patient safety considerations

ABGs: Identify the Underlying Abnormality

  • New strategies for interpretation
  • Best treatments for acidosis and alkalosis
  • Compensatory efforts of the body

Prevent & Treat Infections

  • Early signs of sepsis and septic shock
  • Protocols: What works & what’s next
  • Lumbar puncture indications

Identify the cause of acute renal failure

  • Put the critical values together: Creatinine, BUN, GFR 
  • First line interventions 

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Dietitians

Copyright : 01/18/2021