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SAFERSOUND – Point-Of-Care Ultrasound Education

Point-of-care ultrasonography (POC-US) is used to diagnose severe injuries and acute medical conditions, resuscitation of critically ill or injured patients, guidance of high risk or difficult procedures, monitoring of certain pathologic states, triage and as an adjunct to therapy. The clinicians try to answer a specific clinical question at the bedside by performing focused US examinations. The goal is to diagnose life-threatening conditions as early as possible, because the prognosis of severe injuries and disease often depends on the time to treatment. The development of small, mobile, battery-powered machines have made it possible to perform high quality US evaluations both in the emergency department, on the hospital wards and even in the prehospital setting. SAFERSOUND aim at giving a complete education in POC-US to health care personnel and students interested in the field of emergency medicine.

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Ultrabox_logoUltrabox is a package deal where we bring ultrasonography to your university or workplace. UltraBox contains several ultrasound machines, both stationary and hand-held versions. It also contains various training models/simulators which allows the participants to scan for pathology as they would be in real life. In addition to this UltraBox also brings you instructors to help you with the equipment, and guide your practice throughout the day. There are also possibilities with guidance from US-experts via a video conferencing session.

UltraBox offers online lectures and resources prior to the practical part of the course. This aims to give the participants a solid theoretical knowledge in advance, allowing you to spend the day of the course doing hands-on training.

UltraBox’s main aim is to offer health care professionals an introduction to point-of-care ultrasonography (POC-US).

By breaking down the elements involved POC-US becomes an attainable skill, even for those without experience with ultrasonography. In doing so we seek to motivate the participants to pursue further knowledge within the field.


Ultrabox course includes:

E-learning/video lectures prior to course.
Mini-lectures on site.
Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) – Hands on training.
Basic Focus Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) – Hands on training.
Basic Lung Ultrasound (LUS) – Hands on training.
Basic Peripheral ultrasound guided vascular access (UGVA) – Hands on training.


Next UltraBox-course:

Ultrabox-tour in Poland spring 2015


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Point-of-care ultrasound course for medical students

Critical ill and injured patients often present with a variety of symptoms that make the diagnosis difficult based solely on clinical examination including auscultation. In time-critical situations there is a chance that life-threatening conditions may be missed. There are many potential adverse effects of a delayed diagnosis with the most serious being patient death. Radiological adjuncts such as x-ray and computed tomography could detect many of these diseases and injuries, but have the disadvantages of being time-consuming and not always readily available at trauma scenes. The need for prompt and accurate diagnoses has led to an increased emphasis on point-of-care ultrasonography (POC-US), a technique that can be performed and interpreted by the clinician at the bedside.

SAFERSOUND promote the use of ultrasound in medical education through development of educational experiences, research on outcomes, and distribution of results. We focus on teaching the students how to diagnose pneumothorax, hemothorax, cardiac tamponade, bleeding in the abdomen and causes of circulatory failure. The courses are intended for 4-6 years students, but everyone are encouraged to sign up for upcoming events.

Offshore telementored ultrasonography

The development of small handheld mobile ultrasound machines has facilitated the growth of Point-of-care ultrasonography (POC-US); that is bedside US performed and interpreted by health care providers. However, user experience appears as a limitation to widespread use in remote operational settings of this diagnostic tool. The problems of limited medical resources and remote location are eminent aboard an offshore oil installation. As most of offshore heath care systems are not physician-manned, these installations have small office based hospitals with nurse and paramedic personnel. The technology advancement has already made videoconference available in several of these offshore operational settings. A pilot study by Oveland et al from 2012 showed that ultrasound pictures could be transferred in real-time together with video images to on onshore medical expert. This activity is called remote telementored ultrasonography. SAFERSOUND provides coursed in videoconference-assisted ultrasound examinations for offshore nurses. The aim is again to develop high quality educational experiences, research on outcomes, and distribution of results.

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