Echo Extravaganza Part 3: The 5 E’s of Echocardiography

Echo Extravaganza Part 3: The 5 E’s of Echocardiography

Here’s comes another heaping helping of ultrasound highlights from our winter symposium’s echo extravaganza! In this serving, Dr. Heidi Kimberly teaches us how to identify and characterize the 5 E’s of echocardiography: effusion, ejection fraction, equality of the right and left ventricle, exit (aortic root) and entrance (IVC).

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The Subclavian Line: The Resuscitation Line of Champions

The Subclavian Line: The Resuscitation Line of Champions

Which central venous catheter (CVC) is best for our patients? Is it the internal jugular (IJ), subclavian, or femoral? We all have our go-to, which I would argue for most, is the ultrasound (US) guided IJ. But is that what is best? Is it recommended by our medical societies? To answer this question we dive into the literature . . . I think you’ll be surprised by what we find. (Hint: it’s the Subclavian!!)

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Echo Extravaganza Part 2: Unlocking the Apical Four Chamber view

Echo Extravaganza Part 2:  Unlocking the Apical Four Chamber view

The apical four chamber view is a key window in obtaining the bedside echo as it helps assess both the size and function of the atria, and ventricles. Window shopping for this view can be tricky, however, as there are specific requirements for probe orientation. In this blog post and video, Dr. Christina Wilson helps us understand the subtleties of this window and how to troubleshoot for the perfect four chamber view.

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Feature Film - Window to the Heart- Point of Care Echocardiography

Feature Film - Window to the Heart- Point of Care Echocardiography

We apologize that it has been so long since our last blog post . . . we were busy preparing for our annual Winter Symposium. What a fantastic year it was! It included an amazing point of care echocardiography extravaganza by the course’s ultrasound faculty. We covered core content, the 5 E’s of echocardiography, mastering the suprasternal notch, unlocking the apical four chamber view and tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion … phew! We are excited to roll out this content to you over the coming weeks, starting with Dr. Kring’s core content on point of care echocardiography.

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Journal Club April 2018 - Nephrolithiasis

Journal Club April 2018 - Nephrolithiasis

April’s journal club looked at four clinical questions regarding the diagnosis and expectant course of renal stones. Can the STONE score help you determine if your patient’s flank pain is due to a renal stone? Which is better to confirm your clinical suspicion of a renal stone, ultrasound or CT? How likely will your patient’s kidney stone pass spontaneously? What is the accuracy of hematuria to predict a renal stone in the patient with flank pain?

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Feature Film(s) - Pediatric Point of Care Ultrasound in the Emergency Department

Feature Film(s) - Pediatric Point of Care Ultrasound in the Emergency Department

Dr. Rachel Rempell is a pediatric emergency medicine physician in Boston, Massachusetts and is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. She is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and completed an ultrasound fellowship with a focus on pediatrics.  We were fortunate to have her as a guest speaker for our grand rounds where she gave us a tour of the current landscape of pediatric point of care ultrasound in emergency medicine. 

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