Category Archives: Critical Care

POCUS Augments Critical Care Nursing Diagnostics



Leon Chen, DNP, is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner with background in critical care medicine. He is the clinical program manager of research and simulated learning for the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center, and a clinical assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. He is a strong proponent of utilizing point of care ultrasonography to rapidly delineate differential diagnoses and to guide resuscitation. Leon is also a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the NY Academy of Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly and the Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He earned a certificate of completion in critical care ultrasonography from the American College of Chest Physicians and is active in point of care ultrasonography education.

 

Resources

Read this study about how nurses’ use of ultrasound enhanced the diagnostic process and level of care heart failure patients receive at an outpatient clinic.

Examine this review of 11 full-text publications and 10 conference abstracts found that patients experience positive benefits when renal nurses and technicians use POCUS. Learn more here.

Discover why the Canadian Association of Radiologists Position Statement on Point-of-Care Ultrasound also relates to nurse practitioners and other health care providers who use POCUS.


What Medical Schools Should Consider When Developing A Sustainable POCUS Program



Karthik Vadamalai, MD, received his medical degree at Kilpauk Medical College located in Tamilnadu, India. Driven to practice evidence-based medicine, he pursued his internal medicine residency at Rochester General Hospital, New York, and a critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Vadamalai also completed a master’s degree in medical education at the University of Pittsburgh. With support from the UPMC internal medicine team and his critical care medicine mentors, Dr. Vadamalai built a sustainable POCUS curriculum for medical residents. Presently, he is a full-time faculty member at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO, where he serves as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Missouri, Springfield Campus.

 


Evidence Based POCUS



Listen as author, Dr. Paul Atkinson, discusses the use of point-of-care ultrasound in Emergency Medicine and Resuscitation.

Dr. Paul Atkinson is Professor in Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University and Saint John Regional Hospital, New Brunswick, Canada. He is the current chair of the provincial Emergency Medicine research committee. Paul is also deputy editor of CJEM, Chief Medical Officer at WorkSafeNB, and is currently VP for ultrasound research for the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM). He is co-director of the Emergency Critical Care Ultrasound (ECCU) course. His international training included Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia, and Cambridge University Hospitals in the UK. He is the principal investigator and chair of the SHoC ultrasound research network. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, as well as being the lead editor on two textbooks, Emergency Medicine an Illustrated Colour Text, 2010; and Point of Care Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine and Resuscitation, 2019. Awards include the inaugural “Best in Class” undergraduate teaching award from Dalhousie University in 2012, and the national Grant Innes Award for Emergency Medicine research in 2014, and the Ian Stiell Researcher of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, 2019. Current research interests include PoCUS in critical illness, occupational stress injury, medical education, trauma systems, and prevention, as well as quality in medicine. Paul enjoys cycling and hiking in the wide-open spaces of New Brunswick.


Special Edition with Professor Lichtenstein



Join Professor Lichtenstein talk about POCUS: Learning from the Past and Moving to the Future. 

Dr. Daniel Lichtenstein is medical intensivist, visiting Professor, working since 1989 at François Jardin’s medical I.C.U. Has defined in 1991 critical ultrasound as a holistic whole-body approach. Research mainly focused around lung ultrasound, using simple equipment, defining the BLUE-protocol (acute respiratory failure, FALLS-protocol (role of lung-rockets in circulatory failure), cardiac arrest (SESAME-protocol), various procedures (thoracentesis, subclavian venous line insertions, …). Regular textbooks since 1992 (last and 6th Edition, Lung Ultrasound in the Critically Ill, 2016, Springer), two dozen of original articles (critical, venous and lung ultrasound), 500 conferences, president of CEURF (international training center with personalized training at the bedside).